Despite guarded optimism and a general feeling of uncertainty from fans heading into this years football season, the feeling is not being echoed by head coach Joker Phillips. Which is a pretty good thing, because if he was as uncertain about next years team as we all are, it wouldn’t bode well for Kentucky. Nevertheless, Joker is optimistic about the future for the football cats, and with the recent string of commitments may be a warranted feeling.
Joker took a minute to catch up with Edward Aschoff, ESPN NCAAF blogger, and shared that feeling of optimism. But Joker claims it’s not just him that’s feeling a change in the Kentucky program, the outward perception is changing, too. “The perception is changing. We’ve beaten some of the traditional powers in this league. The thing we have to try to do is do it on a consistent basis.” The article then goes on to talk about the many question marks Joker will face in the upcoming season, most notably replacing nearly all of his offensive weapons. Oh, and needing a new quarterback and losing Derrick Locke. You can check out the full write up here.
While there are certainly a number of questions surrounding next season, there is one certainty. No matter what happens, it will be a crucial season. One that Joker will need to help cement his perception of a rising football program in the SEC. Now let’s hope that perception becomes a reality.