– This morning the Cats did some fine tuning through a situational scrimmage. Joker Phillips had a script of over 100 plays and situations in order to keep the team on their toes. They also used the scrimmage to help teach the new guys how things are supposed to work while on the sideline now that Louisville is only 8 days away.
– As a player, scrimmages like this can be tedious but the coaches would be uncomfortable if they felt like they were unorganized in any way going into a game. My mother always says, “plan for the worst and hope for the best” and this is exactly what the coaches had to do today. Joker was pleased with the players tempo and feels that they are ready for that ‘bang-bang’ type of gameday where you can’t think, only react.
– Former Wildcat Braxton Kelly has been a Graduate Assistant for the team this year and got a shout out from Joker Phillips commending him for his work with the ‘special forces’. Kelly is in his first year with the team and is also working with the linebackers. According to Joker, the guy that made the game-winning play against LSU has a bright future in coaching.
– Coach Phillips told the media today which coaches will be in the booth and which ones will be on the field during games. Offensively TE and Special Teams coach Greg Nord will be in the booth with WR coach Pat Washington, and various student coaches. On the defensive side of the ball new secondary coach Mike Cassity will be manning the booth for Kentucky.
– Coach Phillips has been very pleased with the development of D.J. Warren as a fullback. Warren did not play the position in high school and was a late pickup for the team when there was only one scholarship available. Warren catches the ball well out of the backfield but what Phillips likes most is his selfless nature, while still maintaining that hammerhead personality needed to play the position.
– You also may be wondering why there is a pic of Joker in J.D. Shelburne’s music video Farmboy at the top of this post. Well it’s because “the biggest Kentucky Football fan out there” proclaimed by Joker Phillips, made an appearance at practice today. Joker preceded to steal the mike and interview the country music singer. They met at the Barnstable Brown party this past year as J.D. was being pulled on stage with Eddie Montgomery and he said to himself, “I gotta get Joker on stage.” They appropriately sang the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker”.
In case you missed J.D.’s video. I surprisingly liked the song, but see what you think.