KSR's breakout player of the year

KSR's breakout player of the year

Kentucky Sports Report recognizes the top player breakout player for 2011

It seems that every season there is a player that comes from nowhere, a kid that makes fans wonder why the player hasn't been on the field more.

The KSR choice for Kentucky's breakout player for the 2011 season is Coshik Williams.

Williams led the Wildcats in rushing this season with 514 yards. Williams was also third on the team with 19 receptions, proving himself to be a dual threat back.

CoShik's journey to become Kentucky's rushing leader was not ordinary. Coming out of the same Hiram, Georgia high school that produced former Cat Trevard Lindley Williams did not have a single scholarship offer, at any level. Lindley helped Williams out by showing Kentucky's Joker Phillips a Williams highlight tape. Williams ended up being invited to attend Kentucky as a walk on player. He became the Kentucky scout team player of the year during his freshman season as a redshirt.

Kentucky began the 2011 season with Raymond Sanders starting at running back, backed up by freshman Josh Clemons. Williams was third on the depth chart.

Sanders went down with an injury and Josh Clemons stepped in and became the team's primary back, backed up by Williams.

Clemons went down with a season ending knee surgery after six games.

Suddenly the third string back found himself in the position of featured back for several games, Sanders was able to return to action, but it was late in the season before he was able to run with anything close to the power he displayed prior to his injury.

With both Sanders and Clemons ailing Williams stepped to the forefront. Jacksonville was his coming out party, and he came out in a big way. Williams rushed for 148 yards on 22 carries that game.

Williams has a slight build, weighing 178 pounds, for an SEC back. Despite his slight build Williams proved he could get the job done against SEC competition.

Williams has the ability to hit the hole quickly and proved to be an elusive runner that was difficult for tacklers to bring down. Williams would take big hits from defenders, and bounce back to his feet much quicker than the player that delivered the hit.

If Kentucky can keep their backs healthy in 2012 Williams, Sanders and Clemons will provide the Cats with three excellent backs.

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