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Kentucky Football Notebook
Kentucky 38, Jacksonville St. 14
Kentucky has open date, returns to action Oct. 22 against Jacksonville State
Showed flashes of excellent ability during his redshirt season ... In contention for playing time after the departure of last year's starter, Derrick Locke ... Physical back who has shown the willingness to pick up blitzes and run for tough yardage.
2010 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: The nation's No. 15 running back as evaluated by ESPN.com ... Also a national top-40 back by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rivals also listed him as the No. 52 player in Florida ... Totaled more than 4,700 rushing yards, along with 37 touchdowns, during his career ... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards for three-straight seasons ... As a senior, helping Central High to a 12-2 record and the semifinals of the ultra-tough Florida Class 6A ranks ... Earned second-team all-state honors for Class 6A as a junior and senior ... Three-year starter ... Two-year member of the All-Dade County team ... "Combines good size with quickness and durability," wrote Tom Lemming of MaxPreps.com ... Coached by Telly Lockette ... "Brandon has a great work ethic, comes early and leaves late," Lockette said. "He is a very durable back, a hard runner who can catch the ball out of the backfield." ... Was a sprinter for the track and field team, competing in the 100-, 200- and 400- meter events ... A middle infielder for the baseball team ... Honor-roll student ... Member of the school's role-model club.
Personal: Born in Miami, Fla. ... Son of Latasha Gainer ... Brandon is a cousin of Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals ... Also a cousin of Phillip Thomas, who played football at Syracuse ... Considering a major in education.