Sihiem King to use redshirt this season


Kentucky Wildcats running back Sihiem King runs down the field during the Music City Bowl game against Northwestern on Friday, December 29, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky was defeated 24-23. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

After beating South Carolina on Saturday night, head coach Mark Stoops announced that third string running back Sikhism King will redshirt this season.

King was spotted pregame wearing street clothes while the rest of the running backs warmed up. King had carried the ball 12 times coming into Saturday’s game, gaining a total of 58 yards. 

“He’s going to redshirt, and that makes sense,” Stoops said. “I’m in full support of that, that rule [new redshirt rule], to me, that’s zero controversy at all.”

One of the reasons King hasn’t seen much playing time is because of the running back ahead of him. Benny Snell and A.J. Rose have accumulated 895 on the season and scored a combined 12 touchdowns.

Factor in Terry Wilson’s rushing ability and there simply isn’t anything to ask of King.

“I can’t apologize for the way Benny [Snell] and A.J. Rose are running and it’s pretty dang hard to take them off the field,” Stoops said.

Stoops wouldn’t comment on if King would play his final season at Kentucky or somewhere else. With multiple years of eligibility remaining for Rose, and young running backs like Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke on the roster, it’s possible King could decide to transfer somewhere else for his last year.