COLUMBIA - Derrick Washington saw something in freshman running back Kendial Lawrence this summer. He was particularly impressed with Lawrence's quickness.
"All camp I knew Kendial was going to be able to play," Washington said. "I just didn't know when he was going to show up."
Lawrence's time to show up came Saturday in the team's home opener against Bowling Green. Washington, Lawrence's roommate in the team hotel Friday night, said he sensed Lawrence was nervous because of the amount of carries he expected to get.
De'Vion Moore, a backup running back who got eight carries in the Tigers' win against Illinois, was out with an ankle injury, leaving Lawrence, who had four carries for -2 yards in the Illinois game, to serve as the primary complement to Washington in the running game.
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