Kentucky football: C-Rod unknown return date means runningback by committee

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Sep 4, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Michael Drennen II (5)  (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

McClain, Wright, and Drennen have few carries, but tons of potential

From here the on-field experience and number of carries drop drastically, but JuThan McClain, La’Vell Wright, and Michael Drennen II each possess their own tangibles and sky-high potential that will be counted on in different situations.

Big Blue fans have seen glimpses of what JuThan McClain, the 5-9, 201-pound back from Fairfield, Ohio can do but just in small doses.

In his freshman season at Kentucky, he had 16 carries for 62 yards, and last year 34 carries for 165 yards. He did catch 6 passes for 42 yards last season including a 25-yarder against LSU.

This could be a breakout year for McClain who has the sprinting speed that once he gets past a defense it’s off to the races. He was a sprinter and long jumper in high school.

In-state stud La’Vell Wright just might be the one to break onto the scene for the Cats this year. The redshirt out of North Hardin appeared in four games which allowed him to see some action and grab redshirt as well.

Wright, who stands 6-0, 217-pounds played in four games Louisianna Monroe, New Mexico State, Louisville, and Iowa but only had nine carries for 118 yards and one score. He too has speed carrying six times for 75 yards, including a 52-yard scamper against New Mexico. Against Louisville, he also burst for a 41-yard sprint for his first collegiate touchdown

In high school, he was a four-year starter who rushed for 4,396 yards and rang up 56 touchdowns.

The final piece is Michael “Donut” Drennen, at 5-11, 224-pounds, who moved from the wide receiver position after his freshman year to running back last year. With the high number of receivers on the Wildcat roster now this move may have been a blessing for Drennen who should see more playing time.

He has seen limited action in just 14 games catching five balls for 29 yards and carrying seven times for 17 yards and