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Cody Quinn shined in the Swamp

During Saturday’s Florida game live blog, a commenter asked, “Why is La’Rod King playing defense?!”

The defensive back he was referring to wasn’t King; it was freshman cornerback Cody Quinn, who also wears No. 16 for Kentucky. Quinn made his first career start in place of the injured Cartier Rice in the debacle in the Swamp. Ben Griffin Hill Stadium isn’t the ideal place to throw a freshman out there for the first time, but Quinn was one of the few bright spots from the day.

Yesterday, Joker Phillips was asked about the freshman from Middletown, Ohio, and he praised Quinn for his how he handled the start.

“He played as well as any freshman I’ve ever been around,” Phillips said in his Monday press conference.  “The guy challenged receivers, made a huge play in the first series.  He drove on a quick screen that he took on a blocker and ran through the blocker and made the play. We’re excited about him.  And all three of those true freshmen that played out there on the perimeter.  It’s not an easy place to play in this league as a true freshman.  And those guys, I thought those guys held up well, especially him.”

With so much negativity surrounding Kentucky football these days, we can at least hold our heads high about the young talent on the team. Guys like Khalid Henderson, DeMarcus Sweat, and now Cody Quinn give us hope that it’ll all be better in just another year or two.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Cody Quinn shined in the Swamp

  1. properlyequipped
    11:37 am September 25, 2012 Permalink

    he should wear shoulder pads

  2. paducahfan
    11:40 am September 25, 2012 Permalink

    “Another year or two” is forever.

  3. johnny
    11:43 am September 25, 2012 Permalink

    how can two players share a number? Is this the water boy, does he have to borrow the place kickers helmet too?

  4. coach
    12:00 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    The problem is with that last statement, that the talent will be better in a year or two…that is exactly what Joker wants us to believe so he can keep his job. The issue is that we have been told this before, that the young players will be good in the future, i.e. Morgan Newton, and they are not. We have been waiting for Aaron Boyd to be good for what feels like 6 or 7 years now! Heck, three or four years ago when the staff was excited about the recruits coming in, many of those kids didn’t pan out, transferred, or kicked off the team. @paducahfan is right, “another year or two” is forever! Who knows if this young talent will continue to make grades, or not get hurt, etc.

  5. Jax Teller
    12:04 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Glad to see him getting a shot. Middletown is another one of those Cincinnati schools that is loaded every year. There’s no reason we can’t pick a handful of players each year out of Cincy.

  6. St. Paul Raiders
    12:30 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    4- The flip side to that is if (more like when) Joker is gone, do these kids stick around?

  7. just saying
    12:32 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    most of this “young talent” will not get a chance. Most will get buried behind “experienced players” and will either regress (Newton), or transfer. Has anyone seen anything to make you think differently? Besides in REALITY most of this “young talent” wouldnt make 3rd string for most of the other SEC teams. We are being fed a line of $h!t, foretunately it wont matter because we will continue to get blown off the field, and the stadium will be empty when a winless Samford shows up to play a 1-win Kentucky. Even the concession stands will boycott by then

  8. macsauce13
    12:32 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    No one shined. No one.

  9. me
    12:40 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing, I don’t recall hearing his name one time.

    See ya around, joker…

  10. CatGrad7072
    1:06 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Too bad CJP didn’t give Whitlow a chance to shine in the Swamp.
    By the time Joker got around to it, the only shining Whitlow could do was on that turd of a game he was handed.

  11. 2BannersDown1ToGo
    1:47 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    “Wait Till Next Year has been the UK battlecry for what??? 75 YEARS?????

  12. WTF
    1:53 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    He’s got Lady Gaga shoulders!

  13. notv
    2:00 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    it’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, not Ben Griffin Hill…

    Fire joker.

  14. george davis
    2:33 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    No. 7, by the way, Samford is 4-0. Perhaps 1-11?