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Friday’s Football Practice Notes

The biggest news of the day came when Coach Phillips named team captains. DE Collins Ukwu and C Matt Smith will head their respective sides of the ball for the 2012 season. Also, G Larry Warford and CB Martavius Neloms will act as captains for the Louisville game.

-Ukwu was is happy to be named captain, but says he has been a leader since he stepped on campus and not much will change with his new title. He cited Danny Trevathan as the ultimate leader because he backed it up on the field.

-Even though he’s not from Kentucky, Ukwu said the UK-Louisville rivalry makes him feels as though he is. He thinks because it’s the first game of the season it is even bigger this year than it normally would be.

-In his second year transitioning from pass rusher to the five-technique position, Ukwu worked on his ability to read offenses in the off-season. He thinks that was one of his weaknesses and hopes to be much better this season.

-Ukwu is “shocked” that Avery Williamson has become the player he is so quickly. He thinks both Williamson and Bud Dupree are going to have outstanding seasons.

-Dupree said that the defense is working on setting the edge to combat the speed of Louisville QB, Teddy Bridgewater. According to Dupree, DC Rick Minter has stressed that taking great angles will allow the defense to have success.

-Coach Phillips says that the hot weather is great for the players’ conditioning. He wants his players to be “flawless” in the fourth quarter of games and fighting through the weather gets them ready, both mentally and physically.

Phillips reiterated that the battle at weakside linebacker is still up in the air. Tyler Brause has overtaken Malcolm McDuffen for first team reps, but that could change by next week.

-When asked about the depth behind starting corners Neloms and Cartier Rice, Phillips said that it’s really only true freshman behind them. “That’s all we’ve got,” Phillips added.

-Rice said that he doesn’t have any personal goals for the season, only to help the defense compete at a high level. He wants to perform well for the “other ten guys” on the field with him.

Rice added that he understands how important the Louisville game is. He and the defense are prepping as hard as they ever have for an opponent and expect good things to happen on gameday.

Go Cats.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

9 Comments for Friday’s Football Practice Notes

  1. UK Freshmen
    2:35 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    ‘…biggest news of the day…’ is appointing captains? Whoopee!! I guess that says it all.

  2. Common Sense
    2:46 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    These 10 days can’t get here any slower, hurry up football season!!!!

  3. RYNO
    3:01 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Angry UofL fan talking about Nerlens Noel “story” says- lol…let me break it down for you big boy, all of the top recruits (lets say #1-#5) are all vying to be one and done, these guys are going to be the most likely to accept illegal benefits, see past investigations of players by calipari, tyreke evans, derrick rose, john wall, demarcus cousins, terrance jones, unibrow davis, captain flat top, etc. all top ranked players, all rumored to have accepted benefits or investigated for accepted benefits. me get off my high horse? how about you realize what a joke calipari is making your storied university to be and how he is turning UK into a gimic while ruining the tradition of college basketball. He recruits off of player rankings, aka what other people say about players. he doesnt scout and teach talent. he manages the talent for a year and passes them on…..u guys can win all u want idc, i would rather have a team like we had last year that overachieved, than a team full of self proclaimed superstars with shady backgrounds and questionable relationships.less


  4. who cares
    4:06 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know what happened to Eric Simmons and Eric Dixon at corner/nickel??

  5. Common Sense
    4:16 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Eric Simmons is still on the team (#38)
    I do believe Eric Dixon transferred/left/whatever.

  6. Billdozer
    4:17 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    This is a 1-11 team waiting to happen…

  7. I'll Be More Specific This Time
    4:55 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Actual both are listed on the roster still. I was jus wondering why they are no longer even sniffing the field and got passes by 3 freshman so quickly, all 3 of which have only been here this summer.

  8. SevenT
    5:28 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Obviously everyone is concerned about Bridgewater. Kentucky has always had trouble with the dual threat QBs. I am sure Minter has a plan but the question is do we have the atheletes to execute?



    You are a worthless Louisville troll posting garbage that has nothing to do with the article. Get lost LOSER!

  9. duh
    10:16 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    #8, RYNO was saying that is classic tard logic. He didn’t say he felt that way