RB Little Expected to Play for Wildcats Against Vanderbilt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky running back Rafael Little will return to the lineup on Saturday against Vanderbilt after missing three games with a thigh injury.

Little practiced on Tuesday and coach Rich Brooks said the senior looked healthy.

"It's always nice to get playmakers back," Brooks said. "Everybody knows how many plays Keenan Burton and Rafael have made on our offense. Having those two guys back in the lineup will be a big boost for us."

Burton will also return to action Saturday after missing Kentucky's loss to Mississippi St. on Oct. 27 due to injury. Little said he's excited to return to the lineup.

"It's hard sitting out watching," he said. "We lost the last two games, and I thought I could have done something to help us out."

Little also made a return from injury in the Vanderbilt game last season. He had missed four games due to a knee injury but came back against the Commodores and logged 20 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also caught eight passes for 114 yards in the game.

"Last year when he came back he ended up getting a lot more than we had in mind for him," Brooks said. "(Saturday) we're just going to do what we have to do hopefully to move the ball and score points."

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