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More Joker Phillips on football’s first scrimmage

Following the football team’s first open scrimmage yesterday where the team ran 140 plays, Joker Phillips spoke with a handful of media personnel and broke down what he saw out of his units.

Starting with the punt team, Joker said Demarco Robinson impressed him with his return skills, and the ability to stand strong and field punts in traffic. Having a dynamic return game can be huge in building up to those “explosion plays” that Joker has talked about before. Last year Kentucky had an abysmal return game, averaging a return of less than five-yards. Robinson has the talent to bring a Randall Cobb-like impact.

At the quarterback position, Joker said there “was more good than bad,” but isn’t ready to talk about a clear-cut leader. But offensive coordinator Randy Sanders is. When asked about Maxwell Smith, Morgan Newton and the three freshmen, Sanders said, “The older guys are still ahead,” but that it’s obvious Newton is coming off shoulder surgery. That just about confirms what Joker isn’t ready to confirm. Maxwell Smith is the acting-starter at quarterback in fall camp. To help Smith, Joker said he is looking to his wide receivers to make big plays for the team.

Defensively, Joker said the unit had a pick-six by Malcom McDuffen, and another interception that he says should have been returned to the house by Cartier Rice, but said he missed an open cut-back lane. “He’s used to taking a knee,” Joker said, referencing Rice’s game-winning interception in the end zone against South Carolina in 2010 where he fell to the field, cradling the ball for a touchback.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

9 Comments for More Joker Phillips on football’s first scrimmage



  1. putinrichie
    11:41 am August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like Max Smith is the guy……but Joker doesn’t want to make it public yet. I think that is the best move. It was clear that he outperformed Newton last season and I would prefer Towles to redshirt anyways. I do like what I’m hearing about Demarco Robinson……that guy gets mentioned every time we hear something from Joker or one of the assistants.



  2. putinrichie
    11:46 am August 12, 2012 Permalink

    I would also to see us utilize the TE more this season. Whether it is Jacob Tamme or James Whalen, UK seems to have a MUCH BETTER passing game when we get the ball to the TE. Look at the NFL too. Brees made a living with Jimmy Graham. Brady makes a living with Gronkowski and Hernandez. Even Aaron Rodgers loves hitting Jermichael Findley. It seems like most great passing attacks involve the QB taking advantage of hitting the TE. Tyler Robinson, from Alcoa, TN, came in with a lot of pub his freshmen year. I would really like him to see some more targets.



  3. sad
    1:34 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Newton wasn’t that good before his shoulder problem. Smith wasn’t that good either – just better than Newton.

    I’m torn – part of me says, Towles IS the future, so let him play (we’re gonna suck anyway). The other part says, PLEASE REDSHIRT TOWLES, because he IS the future and I want a real coach to have him for 4 years.



  4. Ukgrad2004
    4:41 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    This makes two KSR writers who have incorrectly said that Cartier Rice made the game-winning int to beat South Carolina in ’10. The player who made the int and took the knee for the touchback was Anthony Mosley.



  5. MadTex
    6:36 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #3…. #1, #2 make a good comment about utilizing the TE’s….would like to see some more imagination from Joker – more imagination might help with a better offense.



  6. Clint
    10:28 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Joker, if nothing else, is a great salesman. In a season where there was little hope for anything positive.. he has most fans, myself included, persuaded that we will be pleasantly surprised and that this team can be good. I love it! GO CATS!



  7. alskdjfhg
    6:06 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yup, it was Anthony Mosely for sure.



  8. Yollie
    6:11 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    He’s used to making big shots, said Coach K of Grant Hill who made the last second game winning shot against Kentucky in the Final Four when Tubby Smith decided not to guard Christian Laettner who was inbounding the ball.



  9. BLUEJEEZY
    9:26 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    KSR, #4 & #7: Regarding the game-cliniching end-zone interception against S Car in ’10: It was Cartier Rice who tipped the pass and Anthony Mosley who caught it in the end zone…