Kentucky Wildcats Football 2014 Preview: Meet Braylon Heard


Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Braylon Heard (5) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

 

#5 – BRAYLON HEARD
JUNIOR – RB
5’11″ 198
YOUNGSTOWN, OH

MEET BRAYLON HEARD
Braylon Heard is a highly touted running back from the class of 2011 who originally committed the University of Nebraska. In 2013 he decided to transfer, to the University of Kentucky. Heard had sit out a year, so he red-shirted for the 2013 season. Though he red-shirted, he was still able to practice with last years team. Heard is anxious to get back on the field and get ready for spring practice.
AS A CORNHUSKER

As a freshman Heard wasn’t much of a factor, but he did have 112 rushing yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. His best game as a freshman came against Minnesota when he rushed for 42 yards on seven tries and scored a touchdown.

Heard’s second year as a sophomore proved to have a little more playing time. Braylon ran for 348 yards on 50 carries which is good for 6.7 yards per attempt all the while scoring 3 touchdowns. His best game as a sophomore was against Idaho State where he rushed for 74 yards and 1 touchdown.

As mentioned earlier Braylon did not have a junior season because he transferred to Kentucky and had to sit out a year, so there are no stats to show… yet.

 

RATINGS

Rivals: ****
ESPN: ***
Scout: ****
24/7: ****

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

I fully expect Braylon Heard to see significant minutes this year, and yes even with a crowded backfield. This years Kentucky football backfield features Freshman Michael Horton, Sophomore JoJo Kemp and fellow Junior Josh Clemmons. Honestly there very well could be a committee concept using Clemmons, Herd and Kemp, but for depth chart sake I think you see JoJo Kemp get the majority of the carries but Heard will compete for the starting role, nothing is for sure yet.   I expect around 500-600 rushing yard on about 70-85 carries with about 5 touchdowns. Heard could assert himself this season and impress the coaches and take over the starting running back as a senior.

 

 

Here are some video highlights of Heard

As a recruit:

 

At Nebraska:

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