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It’s Louisville Week!

There’s nothing like the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry. We hate them. They hate us. It’s a beautiful thing, really. You can feel the air change when you know the game is near, and that’s exactly how it felt at UK’s press conference today. Coach Joker Phillips was loose, QB Max Smith was confident, and LB Avery Williamson was hungry for some quarterback. These are all very positive signs if you are a Cats fan. The team is saying all of the right things as they prepare to head to Papa John’s Stadium this Sunday. The Battle for the Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be one hell of a game.

 

-First, some bad news. RB Josh Clemons (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Phillips expressed confidence in the running back corps, even without Clemons. He stressed that the Wildcats have to be able to run the ball effectively if they want to bring home a victory.

Phillips loves the attitude in the locker room heading into this game. He thinks that is attributed to the amount of great leaders he has on his football team and said that leadership and success go hand in hand.

-True freshman CB J.D. Harmon will be the fifth corner on nickle situations for the Cats. Phillips also acknowledge Fred Tiller and Daron Blaylock as true freshman defensive backs that will see a lot of playing time.

-Phillips thinks that Louisville’s rank in the AP Top 25 is a great opportunity for the Cats.

-Phillips called Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater “one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”

-True freshman P Landon Foster has earned the starting job. Don’t worry about him struggling, though. Phillips calls him a “different breed” of player.

-Even though LB Tyler Brause was listed as the starter, according to Phillips, the position is “day-to-day.” LB Malcolm McDuffen could still be starter on Sunday.

-When asked about how QB Max Smith the first words that Phillips used was “efficient” and “consistent.” Phillips has previously said that Smith’s accuracy separated him from the pack during the quarterback competition and that he’s been “throwing strikes” since training camp started.

-Smith said he’s nervous for every game, not just the Louisville game. He knows it’s a big game but he’s not going to change anything about himself.

-Smith thinks that being named the starter has made leading his teammates a little bit easier.

-Smith loves being the underdog for the upcoming game. He thinks it allows him to prove to the fans and the nation that he belongs in the spot he’s in.

-Smith gushed about RB CoShik Williams and his transformation from last season to this one. He thnks Williams can be the difference from scoring a touchdown or not. 

-C Matt Smith thinks that seeing DC Rick Minter’s defense in practice everyday has gotten the offensive line ready for anything a defense will throw at them.

Smith said the offensive line is farther along this year than they were last year. He cites the line’s health as the biggest difference because all five starter were able to go through camp.

LB Avery Williamson: Ooo, I’d love to hit Teddy. Gotta take that shot. Let him know how physical it’s going to be.”

-Williamson called Bridgewater a really good quarterback that will make the defense account for a lot of things, both running and passing.

-Williamson said that film has taught him shutting down Louisville’s run game will really hurt their offense.

-DE Collins Ukwu said knows how critical the game is going to be for their season. “It’s going to be a fun time.”

Six Days….

 

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

11 Comments for It’s Louisville Week!



  1. Louisville Fan
    2:26 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    It burns when I pee…



  2. FLbeachCAT
    2:30 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Technically, there are a lot of things like the UK UL rivalry, just sayin…



  3. Common Sense
    2:31 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    These 6 days need to go by faster, especially now that I learned that I will attending the game! GO CATS!



  4. Just sayin
    2:35 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    2 you sound like the kind of person no one wants to hang around. just sayin…



  5. Gridirion_Cat
    2:47 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait for Sunday. I think we can surprise a LOT of people this season. GO CATS!



  6. Let's go cates
    2:47 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with Matt, earlier this month I was just trying to be optimistic now I’m actually starting to believe we can play with/beat the dirty birds.



  7. Cardz 4 Life
    2:48 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Teddy Bridgewater ownz UK.



  8. Cardz 4 Life
    3:07 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, I actually spelled that correctly. Maybe that UofL educazhun is paying off…

    dammitt.



  9. BobKYCats
    3:08 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like we CAN win this game, but I’m not gonna bet the house on it.



  10. Cardz 4 Life
    3:51 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    L1C4 38, UK 6



  11. Tardz 4 Life Says
    5:40 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    We loserville fans are so desparate to be good at something that we have convinced ourselves that we are a football powerhouse. We do this because we suck so badly at basketball. We haven’t won a title since 1986 and COACH CAL OWNS US. I feel so depressed living in Big Brother’s shadow.