Joker Phillips was VERY emotional at this afternoon’s football kickoff luncheon in Lexington. He preached to fans in attendance, “Get behind this team. It’s your team.” I’ve heard from some friends who were there that he was near tears when talking about needing Big Blue Nation to step up the support for UK football.
“These players don’t need everybody to believe in them but they damn sure need someone to,” he said. “They need you. I expect you to get behind this team.”
One person who is already supportive of Joker Phillips and his team is Eli Capilouto. The UK President said, “We stand behind him,” when talking about his university’s head football coach.
Other notes from the luncheon:
— Defensive coordinator Rick Minter is excited to get his young defense out on the field. He said his guys are starting to look like an SEC frontline.
— Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders acknowledged his team’s brutal offense last season and he’s already seen improvements across the board. “I feel way better about this offensive team than I did last season at this point.”
— Sanders added, “Last year left me with a bad taste in my mouth for about six months.”
— Joker said he will continue to sell the program’s fans to recruits. He tells recruits that UK has rapid fans who expect to win.
37 days until kickoff…