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Monday’s Football Press Conference Notes

After coming so close to taking down a top-ten team, one would think Kentucky’s players would be a little melancholy at Monday’s press conference. It was the exact opposite. DL Tristian Johnson, OT Kevin Mitchell, and DE/LB Bud Dupree met with the media, and were proud of the way their team fought against South Carolina. All three guys were excited about the prospects of this team going forward, and hope to stun a physical Mississippi State team this weekend.

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-Johnson was very impressed with the performance of the defense on Saturday. He thinks if the group can continue to play at the level they showed against the Gamecocks, they can be a “really good defense.”

-The series that stands out in Johnson’s mind was the goal line stand Kentucky had in the first half. Johnson said the coaching staff keeps saying the group is “really close” to being the type of group they know they can be.

-DT Mister Cobble (infection) suited up for the game, but didn’t log any snaps. Johnson expects him back this weekend, though. Both guys will likely share time on the field.

-Dupree thinks the defense is still struggling at the point of attack because of a lack of size up front. Being without the 330-plus of Cobble surely didn’t help the matter.

-Dupree believes that his linebacker group is playing well, but they have to hit running holes a little faster. A couple of big plays were given up to USC RB Marcus Lattimore because they weren’t able to get to their spots in time. Dupree thinks they will be able to adjust quickly, and will be a lot better against Mississippi State.

-Mitchell was very impressed with QB Jalen Whitlow’s poise in Saturday’s game. “He’s a young quarterback and he’ll figure it out. He’s learning more and more of the playbook.”

-Nothing changes for the offensive line without QB Maxwell Smith under center. “We still have to block. We have to continue to play hard no matter who is behind us,” Mitchell said.

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Coach Phillips‘ press conference video will be up in just a bit. He talked extensively about the quarterback position going forward… a must watch. Stay tuned.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

18 Comments for Monday’s Football Press Conference Notes



  1. shields eyes
    3:05 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t say that we were close to taking down a top ten team. We had a good first half, but, no.



  2. CatGrad7072
    3:05 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    “After coming so close to taking down a top-ten team” …………. WHAT????????



  3. Jj
    3:10 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I threw up when I read the first sentence



  4. CatsCatsCats
    3:24 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    UK football makes me cry.. and then LMAO at some of the statements like the first sentence of this post.



  5. dtg
    3:24 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    We are ALWAYS “really close”…



  6. BigBlue
    3:27 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    So close? We lost by 21.



  7. ukman98
    3:29 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    please explain to me why someone still has to learn the playbook this far into the season?? i understand that he may not the snaps during practice….but not knowing the playbook?? what was he doing during practice while not taking the snaps, picking his nose? shouldn’t his nose be in the playbook?? i dont understand that at all…ive played highschool sports, i was young, i never got on the field with the varsity until i was older but damn i at least knew the plays!! i realize there is major change from highschool to college but geez! “he’s still learning the playbook” maybe they are referring more to running the plays vs knowing the plays,…i hope so. just seems like we have heard “we’re getting better way too much” as much as we’ve heard that we must have been really CRAPPY at one time. cause know we are just crappy, but we’re getting better.



  8. catlogic15
    3:39 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    “So Close”??

    KSR is mocking us that care about football.



  9. BigBlueSexMachine
    3:40 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Almost took down? Yep, if it wasn’t for that damn 31-0 run we woulda had em!!



  10. tom
    3:57 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    came close to taking down a top ten team??????????????????????????????????
    What planet are you on Franklin? I’m constantly stunned by the inexcusable and frankly ludicrous statements some of you writers on this site come up with. All it does is damage your credibility more and more.

    What is it? Do you have to sit next to some of these players in class?



  11. jaws2
    4:18 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    C’mon guys, we only got beat 38-17, that’s kinda close for us these days!



  12. STEVE!
    4:37 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I guess I’ll pile on. I’m dumbfounded by the remarks in a lot of these posts since the beatdown Saturday, ranging from “the heartbreaking loss”, to “coming so close to taking down a top-tem team”, to “not playing god-awful” against Florida and USC. We were outscored 76-17 by those two teams. Do you really believe what you write, and do you really believe that your readers will believe the crazy talk?



  13. Vette72
    5:20 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Franklin,
    I try to stay away from name calling…so I will leave it at this…your remarks are STUPID!



  14. LosersForLife
    5:20 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    CLOSE only counts in hand grenades and horse shoes….



  15. Da JOKES on U
    6:01 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    See…only 3 years and I have them believing that almost winning is a good thing! Man I’m good. #almostwinningisjustasgood



  16. yep
    6:05 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmmm, didnt score a point in the second half. Didnt stop the other team from scoring in the second half. got beat by 3 touchdowns. Yep we almost took em down, lol



  17. Catlogic 15
    7:22 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    So, the linebackers will be faster this weekend. OK. Good.



  18. coldspringmike
    10:23 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, can we please get some writers on this site who know what the hell their talking about. So close, yea, but SC came out of the locker room to play the second half, Kentucky didn’t.