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Jojo shows off his Media Days mojo

Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp takes a selfie with the media before he speaks at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp takes a selfie with the media before he speaks at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) AP

I’m not sure anyone had as much fun at Southeastern Conference Media Days this week as Jojo Kemp.

Kentucky’s senior danced (The Sprinkler and The Dab) in the television room. While in the main room, Kemp took a group selfie with reporters before sitting down for 25 minutes of interviews.

The running back showed off his new UK blue suit coupled nicely with a floral print bow tie that he learned to tie (with a little help from UK Media Relations guru Tony Neely) on YouTube a few minutes before.

When asked about his threads, Kemp got real personal real quick with the table of reporters: “Kentucky Derby, you know. I came here to talk Derby to you guys. That’s why I have a look that matched with the words that were coming out of my mouth.”

On finally being a senior at Kentucky: “Yeah. Time flies. I’ve got hair on my chin now. Time is flying.”

On the new Pokemon Go craze and if it’s hooked him yet: “I’m not trying to walk around trying to find Pokemon. I’m not going to walk around here trying to find Pokemon up in here.”

On how he get the name Jojo: “Always (been) Jojo. My old man give me the reason because I’m the third. I’m thinking my dad Joe says ‘I’m No. 2, so Jojo.’ I don’t know.” And the natural followup on if there will be any Jojojos anytime soon. “Nah. I might show you a little mojo, though.”

My favorite exchange, though, might have been when he was asked to detail who Jojo Kemp is off the field. What are you really like, Jojo?

“Handsome young man,” he flashed a big grin. “A guy who likes to have fun and smile. A guy who works hard and is going to have fun and be happy while doing it. I’ve came a long way and just being in this position is an awesome feeling and I’m going to soak every last minute of it and have fun doing it.”

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