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Notes from the Final Football Scrimmage

Joker and company held their final scrimmage of the preseason this morning. Here are some notes:

– Overall, it seems the scrimmage was pretty even, with the offense striking early off long passes from Morgan Newton, but the defense settled in and took control. In the latter half of the scrimmage, the offense made a few more big plays, but the defense’s speed overwhelmed them in the end. Mainly, today’s scrimmage was about position battles.

Morgan Newton had a good day, hitting Matt Roark and La’Rod King for long completions. Joker said afterwards that Newton is “really in command” of the offense and handled himself well. He drew more praise from the rest of the staff for his ability to throw the ball downfield and low number of interceptions during camp. While Morgan’s downfield gains were impressive, so was his work on immediate routes. From all the reports, he continues to look confident, throwing the ball with authority.

– But what about his targets? The wide receivers have been one of the biggest question marks on this team. Joker said that the wide receivers made some good plays, although he wished the defensive backs had made more plays on the ball. Randy Sanders said that TE Ronnie Shields has really stood out during the camp.

– Four of the offensive lineman sat out the scrimmage (along with Danny Trevathan, who is a “bit banged up”), so the backups got plenty of time to shine. RB Raymond Sanders said the line opened holes as “big as the Red Sea.” Sanders also said his knee is almost back to 100%, just in time for the opener against Western.

– Everyone was anxious to see how freshman RB Josh Clemons did after all his preseason hype. Clemons didn’t disappoint, turning in an impressive day despite his first fumble of the camp. Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said he needs to improve his blocking if he wants to see more time on the field: “We can’t put him in when we’re going to run him, take him out to pass.”

– Like I mentioned earlier, the speed of Rick Minter’s defense was the talk of the scrimmage. The staff continues to say this is the fastest defense they’ve had at Kentucky, and, hold on to your seats, this crew can tackle too. Overall, Rick Minter seemed pleased with his squad, who forced at least four turnovers during the scrimmage; however, that didn’t stop him from giving them an earful after the scrimmage was over. Minter is preparing them for Western’s star RB Bobby Rainey, who will be a big test for a group that hasn’t had the most impressive run defense in the past, to say the least.

– Want news about special teams? I’ve got it. Winston Guy seems to be the go-to kick returner, with Randall Burden handling punt returns. Joker seemed excited about the coverage players, who he said are tough, athletic guys.

The team’s enjoys a rare day off tomorrow before hitting the field again on Monday, when they begin to prepare for Western Kentucky.

I’m off for the day, but Chris Thomas will be here soon to give you all the best Kentucky news in the most ridiculous manner possible. In the meantime, enjoy two more video interviews after the jump, courtesy of the Courier-Journal.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

15 Comments for Notes from the Final Football Scrimmage



  1. Selnhos
    3:13 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    First!!



  2. GatorChomp
    3:48 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Does it really matter? Your team sucks at football.



  3. FlashOfBlue
    4:05 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Chomp this….



  4. James
    4:15 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    2. As far as national relevance this season, your team does too.



  5. UKRealist
    5:32 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    4-8, nothing to see here. Move along!!!



  6. Tanks fer nuttin
    5:43 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Tackling is a good thing. Can’t wait to see it.



  7. You Can Call M\e Cal
    6:01 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    What a life? Going on other teams websites, especially ones that “suck,” and talking trash. I’ll admit it. We are not Florida football. But damn it must be a down year if you have to go onto a UK website to talk shiz. Cause your team sure aint good enough that you can go to a bama or LSU website with that stuff. It’s kinda sad really. It’s like challenging a team of blind guys to a game of dodgeball. Sure you’ll win, but you look like an ass doing it…See you in the winter. #anthonydavissayshsutup



  8. You Can Call M\e Cal
    6:02 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    What a life? Going on other teams websites, especially ones that “suck,” and talking trash. I’ll admit it. We are not Florida football. But damn it must be a down year if you have to go onto a UK website to talk shiz. Cause your team sure aint good enough that you can go to a bama or LSU website with that stuff. It’s kinda sad really. It’s like challenging a team of blind guys to a game of dodgeball. Sure you’ll win, but you look like an ass doing it…See you in the winter. #anthonydavissayshutup



  9. billy bob
    6:44 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    First off the whole offensive line is hurt. The Freshmen from Station starting left tackle, Kevin Mitchell is Left Gaurd. Morgan hit some deep balls. De Marco Robinson is best Freshmen Rec. Avery is starting OLB/Rush End because Ridge is hurt. Tyler Robinson is hurt, he had to go to Ga. because of hurt SI joint. Jordan Aumiller from Boyle County got starting job locked up at TE. Send me checks KSR because I got info for daysssssssssssss……:)



  10. big tim
    7:24 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    2 must be one of those fans that just pick whoever winning hes probably a flordia fan during football season then he turns into a kentucky fan during basketball or why else would he be a ky site



  11. The Man Who Laughs
    7:51 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    @2, sounds like a nasally ‘Colon’s Worthless’.



  12. Dr. Dale Gato
    8:10 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Numero dos is just trying to get a RISE outta U!
    Regardless, his wife es enfuego!

    Tres ninos: triente anos, no es importante.



  13. billy bob
    8:57 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    C.T. C.T. Deleting me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  14. test
    11:07 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    test



  15. billy bob
    1:49 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    u have no idea whats going on…joker has you on a leash