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Locke ready for Vandy

UK running back Derrick Locke, out since he suffering a shoulder injury against Auburn, says he

Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke crosses the goal line in front of Georgia defender Marcus Washington (44) during the first half Saturday nigh in Athens.

UK running back Derrick Locke, out since sufferning a shoulder injury against Auburn, says he's ready to play against Vanderbilt.

"The main thing was to see how I felt. I banged around on it pretty good today," Locke said after practice.

Locke said a stinger left his left arm numb for nearly three weeks.

"Two weeks into it, I still couldn't move my arm. I could only move my arm about 45 degrees," he said. "Now I'm getting my strength back and I can move it."

Locke leads the Wildcats with 574 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He said it was tough watching from the sidelines, knowing possibly that he could have made a difference in a couple of UK's losses.

"It was rough," Locke said. "I was worried."

The senior from Hugo, Okla. nearly left UK after his junior season for the NFL. Locke says he has no regrets coming back, citing his need to improve in a couple different areas.

"This is my last year to show scouts what they need to see," he said. "I didn't know when it was going to come back."

Locke says he has his degree, but he dreams of playing in the NFL.

"I've got a family. This is my life. If I can't play, then what am I going to do?"

Locke is one of 15 seniors who will participate in pregame ceremonies. The Wildcats host Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium. Kick-off is set for 12:21.


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