It’s Western Kentucky week for the Wildcats. The Hilltoppers (1-1) come to town after a 35-0 loss to #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Don’t let the score fool you into thinking they are a bad football team though, it will be a tough game for the Cats on Saturday. WKU’s defense has a ton of playmakers, and some pretty good offensive guys as well. Here are the notes from the first press conference of the week:
-The biggest news of the day is that Coach Phillips’ media availability has been cut down yet again. His Sunday phone call with the media was already cut, but today we learned he will only be available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of practice days. We’ll be sure to post the exact details of this when we get more information.
-RB CoShik Williams and LB Josh Forrest are probable for Saturday’s game, and will probably play.
-Coach Phillips said that the team have another physical practice week before WKU comes to town. Physical practice “sets the tone,” according to Phillips. A mentality he wants his football team to keep.
-Remember when freshman RB Dyshawn Mobley got stopped at the 1-yard line against Kent State? Phillips says it wasn’t his fault he didn’t get in the endzone. “I was wrong. He had no where to run. We didn’t get a good push up front.”
-Phillips wants the offense to get vertical a little more. Defenses will start to sit down on routes if they can’t establish the deep pass.
-LG Zach West said the offensive line prides themselves on blitz pickup, because they work on it so much in practice. Kent State tried to blitz a number of times on Saturday, but were pretty much unsuccessful on getting to QB Maxwell Smith.
-West said that the offensive line feels “a huge sense of accomplishment” after putting up so many points. The group feels like they are playing very well together and have done a good job the first two games.
-WR Aaron Boyd is very appreciative of the people that have supported him his entire time at Kentucky. Boyd said they wouldn’t let him listen to the negative comments and told him to just keep playing his game. WR coach Pat Washington was one the main people pushing Boyd this off-season to be a better player. “Coach Washington believes in me. It’s a lot easier to play for someone who believes in you.”
-Boyd says Washington has helped him most on technique, something Washington stresses everyday in practice.
-DE/LB Taylor Wyndham thinks that the overall youth of the defense has hurt them in the beginning of this season. Wyndham expects the defense to get better as the season goes on, as the young get acclimated the speed of the game.
-If Wyndham had to find something the defense needs to work on it’s the fundamentals. Coverage, rush lanes, and knowing plays, specifically.
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