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Joker Rewards his Players after Their First day in Full Pads

RB Raymond Sanders catches balls from the gun after practice.


When the football team gathered around Coach Joker Phillips at the conclusion of their first day at Fall Camp in full pads, they were not expecting anything special. That changed once ice cream music began blaring over the speakers and the arrival of an ice cream truck. Needless to say they liked the surprise, with Senior Matt Smith saying, “If they put an ice cream truck at the end of a 40 yard dash, I’d run it in 2 seconds.” Joker chuckled a little after hearing this, and replied saying, “if that’s the case, we need to play with one sitting right across the goal line.”


As far as the actual practicing part goes, Joker is very pleased with the way the Running Backs have performed. The 3 backs with experience, (CoShik Williams, Raymond Sanders, and Jonathan George) have been alternating with the first team, allowing the two Freshman to get as many reps as possible with the second team. CoShik has been the first to get snaps, but what has pleased Joker the most with the top 3,  is their hunger to get on the football field.

Those guys have taken a lot of ownership on special teams, they’re going to Coach Nord and saying ‘Hey we want to be on this team we want to be on that team, make sure that we’re all on the field’. You very seldom see starting backs with that type of attitude that will rub off on the young guys and that’s the type of attitude we need at every position.”

Joker did not mention Josh Clemons in the Running Back talk because he has not gotten nearly as many reps, while he practices only every other day. However it should not affect his playing time any just yet, because presently there is no clear cut favorite.


RB Raymond Sanders catches balls from the gun after practice.


Coach Rick Minter was pleased with the physicality during the first practice, even though the high heat did take some time for players to adjust. He was most pleased with the way his linebackers played. Even though they are new young guys, they are playing like leaders and making a lot of pads pop.

After it was announced that Marcus Caffey would be ineligible this season, Safety Martavius Neloms was forced to move to Cornerback, where Coach Minter believes he has done well.

“I think he’s done well to be honest with you, he’s a good football player that can easily adjust to where ever we need him to play, and we needed him at corner and we’re quite happy with him.”

Coach Minter always gives great quotes. Today was no exception.“The 3’s (3rd string) are all green, and still eating Gerber.”


I’ll be at practice all week, looking like I’ve been practicing with a nice gash on my forehead @RoushKSR

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for Joker Rewards his Players after Their First day in Full Pads

  1. shields eyes
    7:05 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Those ice cream trucks sell bags of other stuff don’t they?

  2. CatGrad7072
    7:12 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe if we cover the spread in a loss to UL, Joker will give them a double scoop.

  3. MadTex
    7:16 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Give them a break you dunce!!! They’re just kids – you were one once – except now you’re an idiot…..

  4. Walter Sobchak
    7:28 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    3) Hahaha you’re embarrassed that they like ice cream? I’m not sure I understand. Who in their right mind wouldn’t run for free ice cream after a couple hours in football pads in 90 degree weather?

  5. Mitch Barnyard
    7:30 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Whats Up Big Perm, I mean Big Worm. You got my money Smokey.

  6. HicksPickSix
    7:52 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why does This Article use random Capitalization? I am Really Perplexed…

  7. ebell55
    7:55 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    3 get a life! If you ever played football you would know how excited you would be to get ice cream after a grueling practice!!

  8. Bleedblue36
    8:08 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    3. Complete idiot. 5. Almost as big of an idiot. Go sit behind your desk and push a few more papers. Our fan base, that’s embarrassing. Maybe if joker would give you guys free tampons you would come to games. (no disrespect to the females) One thing I can’t stand are guys who couldn’t hack it on a football field, but wish to post on a message board about kids who could kick their asses up
    And down the field all day long. If you don’t like it, become a Louisville fan.

  9. SevenT
    8:37 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink


    Great Post!!! These internet trolls that come on here hating on Kentucky Football make me want to puke. If you don’t like Kentucky Football get the he!! off this board.


  10. flysoup
    8:40 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you very much KSR. Appreciate the football update.

  11. Allen Morningwood
    9:29 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink


  12. Matt
    9:33 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    FYI, they are not “just kids”, most all of them are earning a free $70,000+ education at the university. They are 18-22 year olds who are young men that have made the choice to grow up quicker than most. They can have ice cream when they win a friggin bowl game.

  13. blueaville
    9:37 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    wow you guys are sensitive! you deleted my posts??

    I’m sorry that I’d rather hear about our guys getting after it on the football field and not sprinting to the ice cream truck.

    geesh….tons of censorship around here.

    AND i actually renewed my season ticks….unlike most of you probably

  14. Allen Morningwood Sr.
    9:39 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Excuse my son, but, on the real…y’all is SEC. You know what I’m saying. Y’all also have great fans. They supported y’all through the thin & thin. They’ll do it this year. They ain’t gonna pay no 80sumn dollars and travel to see it, and you aint either.Shutup! Times are tough, and people got 3d in THEY LIVIN ROOM NOW. Let that sink in. Everybody’s a Cats fan, but some just be football fans in a general sense. KnowImSayin? They’ll live and die with the cats, but they might not feel like paying to see them in person. They gots AC, DVR, parakeets, sodas, no pants, and all that at the crib. Self esplanatory.

  15. Romar
    9:43 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    On the real, though, it’s only because of the cameras. There isn’t gonna be an ice cream truck, and they definitely aren’t running to it if the media is filming it. It’s just for fun. That’s what UK football is all about.

  16. ebell55
    10:09 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Master P the ICECREAM MAN. I can remember Tim Couch asking me for that CD in the summer of 96. Then when he was drafted and Master P was a agent representing Ricky Williams ESPN ask Couch in an interview with Ricky Williams if he ever listened to Master P and Couch said no. It’s funny that he had to play the great American hero and lie about that.

  17. nickel
    2:26 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    coach minter, don’t say “to be honest with you” around joker. he don’t like that.

  18. Beavis
    7:49 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    # 8 & 9 Its not a matter of the fans hating Kentucky football,,,,just the opposite. These fans saw some success on the field when Brooks and Morriss were coaching and it is not unreasonable for them to expect the next coach to build on that success. Give Joker more time ??? Sure,,he can have the rest of this season.

  19. JayCee
    7:58 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    14- Learn to spell. Learn sentence structure. Learn to properly use punctuation.

    Then promptly swallow a shotgun barrel.

    Only then will folks take that half-educated gibberish you spew seriously.

  20. stan
    8:26 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Are practices closed to fans? My nephew is in town and loves the team, and I would love to take him to a practice. Thanks for any help with this question.

  21. Derek
    10:38 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I hear today is a lemonade stand on corner of cooper and nicholasville.

  22. Jeff
    12:23 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    20 I would like to know the same thing? Anyone know if practices are open to public?