With only a couple days before the Cats head to Florida to take on the Gators, Coach Phillips met with the media. He touched on just about everything, which made for an extremely interesting meeting. There were apologies, threats on a certain former Kentucky QB, and Phillips kind of coping with the talent level on his football team. Take a look.
-When asked about his shoulder injury, QB Maxwell Smith said it’s still bothering him some. “It’s just alright. Definitely not close to 100%.” The Cats need him to be in tip-top shape, if they expect to stun the Gators on Saturday.
-WLB Bud Dupree thinks the bad tackling from that defense can be attributed to over-pursuing, and “players not being in the place they are suppose to be.” Dupree notched 12 tackles against WKU, so he’s not really a part of the problem.
-In his second game at WLB, Dupree thinks he made a lot of progress in his new position. “I read my keys better, but I’m still getting used to reading the offensive line back there. It’s different from rush end.”
-Dupree said freshman LB Khalid Henderson has made progress in his second game spelling Dupree at WLB. Henderson will probably be asked to play big minutes in the upcoming conference games, a tough task as a true freshman.
-Defensive line coach David Turner feels like the struggles of the group goes back to technique and fundamentals. “It’s all hand placement, separation, coming out of your hips, read the ball and finishing the play.”
-When asked if the defensive line is still expected to be the strength of Kentucky’s defense, Turner said he first and foremost wants the line to play better. Turner does expect the line to get better throughout the season, and become a force upfront.
-Turner said it’s great to have DE/LB Taylor Wyndham back in the mix. “He’s one of the better technicians on the team, he’s a senior leader. He’s able to show the younger guys how it’s done, and help them along.”
Matt and the gang touched on the Big Blue Madness campout, the NCAA, and what else… UK Football. Have a listen.