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Monday’s Football Press Conference Report

From KSR student intern Rashawn Franklin…

Joker Phillips held an afternoon press conference today. He discussed the loss to the Florida Gators and the upcoming game against the LSU Tigers. The student athletes available for interview were Right Tackle Billy Joe Murphy and Free Safety Mikie Benton.

-The injury report: RB Josh Clemons (hamstring) and WR Gene McCaskill (back) are questionable for Saturday’s game. Safety Martavius Neloms (concussion) is day-to-day but will practice this week on a limited basis. RB Raymond Sanders (knee) and DE Collins Ukwu (knee) are both deemed out against LSU. DT Mark Crawford (suspension) will be active against the Tigers.

-Coach Phillips believes it would be huge for the program to win at Death Valley against the number one team in the nation, and that a clean game on both sides of the ball can help accomplish that.

-This will be Coach Phillips’ first time facing the Tigers and LSU head coach Les Miles’ third time facing the ‘Cats. Miles is 1-1 in the previous two matchups.

-Kentucky is 3-9 all-time against teams’ ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.

-Joker mentioned the great backfield of LSU. Running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford have led the Tigers to 171.1 rushing yards per game.

-LSU’s stadium is widely known as one of the toughest places to play in the country. Coach Phillips won at Death Valley as a player in 1983 and hopes to have similar success this year. “You have to try and block out the atmosphere to be successful,” he says.

-When asked about the possibility of going against LSU without his top two running backs (Clemons and Sanders) Coach Phillips thinks that we have pretty good depth behind those players to still have success, although he expects Josh Clemons to play Saturday. LSU is only allowing 53.3 rushing yards a game.

-Joker doesn’t think the 2007 victory over LSU matters for too much for either side.

-Coach Phillips mentioned that Right Guard Larry Warford and Safety Winston Guy are playing at an exceptionally high level.

-Phillips said that this was a great week of recruiting.

-Kentucky didn’t use as much hurry up offense against the Gators that had been used in previous games. Joker contributes that to the pass rush and pressure that Florida generated. He wants to use it a little more against LSU because it helps dictates time of possession and allows the defense to get some rest.

Danny Trevathan, LaRod King, and Stuart Hines have all transitioned to a leader role, according to Coach Phillips.

Mikie Benton thinks the defense played pretty well but still has to “buy into the system” and “stay focused”

-Benton has never been to Death Valley but understands how the atmosphere will be and how tough a challenge it will be to get a victory.

-Billy Joe Murphy said it was great to finally get all five starting offensive lineman playing at the same time.

-Even though this is the first time all five starters are playing on the offensive line, Murphy says that whoever is in the game has to do a good job of protecting QB Morgan Newton.

-With two losses in a row at home, Murphy understands the fans’ frustration but said it won’t affect the team’s play. “You can’t dwell on it or worry about it. You just have to continue to try and get better.”

-After watching the game tape, Murphy said mental mistakes were the number one problem against the Gators.

-Murphy was injured in the Western Kentucky game and has been sidelined since. He said the toughest thing about getting back is re-learning technique.

-Murphy said that he and his teammates relish the opportunity to bounce back from the loss to Florida. “We have a great chance to beat the number one team in the nation this weekend at their place.”

This is a tough stretch of conference play for the Wildcats. Barring a loss to Auburn this weekend, South Carolina will be a top ten team in the AP polls when the Wildcats travel to Columbia next weekend. This is a daunting task for any football team especially when you’re a basketball school to begin with.

Hopefully our ‘Cats can find some of that LSU magic we’re all used to!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for Monday’s Football Press Conference Report



  1. okay
    3:07 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    good summary. CAPS aren’t needed in every bullet though, are they?



  2. lexslamman
    3:14 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Yes, they are needed in all bullets.
    As long as we’re talking about football, shouldn’t they be called dePRESSed Conferences?



  3. shutup
    3:16 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Does it matter? Just read the report stupid.



  4. Umwelluh
    3:21 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    We just have to go back and improve… get better… go back to the drawing board…

    If you aren’t sick of hearing this well thats a problem.



  5. Hard Hittin' CAT
    3:25 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Stay positive for the CATS players. They are the ones who are out there playing these games. I’m TRUE BLUE. Are u? I was there when they beat LSU a few years ago. Great memory.

    GO CATS!!



  6. Justin G.
    3:26 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Please quit using the ‘we are a basketball school’ as an excuse for why we will probably get blown out, for before Spurrier got there, South Carolina had very little football success! Since he has been there, they have gotten quite a bit better, but, it is not like they have been winning SEC championships, or have some great football history! Yet, at the same time, getting a coach like Spurrier at South Carolina, shows what a good coach can accomplish, with a program that had not experienced much success prior!



  7. Big Blue 66
    3:27 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    polyanna coach speak…..thats all we hear. Players playing at exceptional levels, recruiting is great, leaders on the team, apparently we are deep at runningback…….holy smokes what is in this guys pipe?



  8. football fan
    3:38 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky football reminds me of the Titanic. The ship is sinking while the captain is in denial.



  9. shepherdsvilleKat
    3:38 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    yawn! It’s not Oct. 14th yet? Back to sleep…



  10. UT Orange
    3:40 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    You guys are dreaming if you think you can beat LSU. I seriously believe hell has a better chance of freezing.. really, I do!



  11. hersheyisabear
    3:40 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Bless their hearts. So who is ready to see Kentucky spank some Kansas arse?



  12. Cat in the Hat
    3:41 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    LSU 54
    UK 3



  13. knightynight
    3:43 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Would you all bet LSU in this game? They are like 28 pt favorites.



  14. truefan
    3:49 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    LSU 77
    UK -5



  15. crash11
    3:51 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    lsu offense not good enought for that so I say. 38-13 lsu



  16. Vegas
    3:52 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    (chuckles) I’ve got the nation believing LSU is going to beat UK by 30 points. I’m going to be making a lot of money on that game, baaaahaaaa



  17. starchief5
    3:54 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Saturday at LSU = WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!



  18. Jimmy Buffett
    4:08 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    more



  19. JackNicklaus
    4:11 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Florida would have beat us 65-10 if they had kept their foot to the pedal. LSU will do the same….48-3.



  20. Kanter Banter
    4:19 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    UK plus 29 points………any body want some? I’ll take LSU and give 29.



  21. Maxwell
    4:23 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Phillips believes it would be huge for the program to win at Death Valley against the number one team in the nation, and that a clean game on both sides of the ball can help accomplish that.

    LOL I read this…and then laughed out loud….and then cried a little bit.



  22. Lloyd Christmas
    4:26 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    So you’re saying there’s a chance!



  23. Richard Simmons
    4:30 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    10) I don’t think you will find any comment on any post where a UK fan on this site states that UK will beat LSU this weekend. Now I could understand your enthusiasm for talking smack if there were even a slight indication that we felt we were going to win but, this is not case. While we appreciate your stopping by we are going to have to ask that you please read posts before commenting on them.

    We understand that you are from Tennessee and that you have problems with reading, logic, reasoning, and completing simple tasks.



  24. barn
    4:34 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    -21–i was going to say the same thing but also “DUH”. i didn’t cry but i damn sure laughed out loud. maybe saturday i’ll cry



  25. rockatao
    4:44 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    the hurry-up offense allows the defense to get some rest … now that’s a new concept



  26. Don
    4:46 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Swamp people – 70
    Basketball School – 6



  27. Founder Dave
    5:08 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    How many of you were around in the 4th qtr for my delicious 256 free burger give away??? I guess we should have given it away a little earlier. Coincidentally, 256 might be the same number of years needed to break the dreaded Florida and Tenn losing streaks the way it looks!!!



  28. Jimmy Buffett
    5:17 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    ….



  29. MHFaulkner
    5:47 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Well, one good thing:

    Joker has a great future filling in as the next Baghdad Bob.



  30. Steady
    5:47 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    My prediction before the press conference 45-7 LSU…after…45-7 LSU.



  31. Real Cats Fan
    5:59 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Man, if you rolled the clock back 3 years, I would swear that was Steve Kragthorpe talking…



  32. catnuts
    6:03 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    25)I had to go back and read that twice to see if I read that right. The only thing that he could mean is that we will move the ball better and pick up some first downs and keep the chains moving. If that is the case then why don’t we always use it. Did he not want to move the ball against Florida and give the defence a break. He says that he couldn’t do it against Florida because of the pressure they generated. Has he not seen LSU play? LSU will bring the kitchen sink. I don’t know what has gotten into Joker and his comments. I think he would be better off letting one of his assistants do the interviews because he sure is throwing out some disturbing shit.



  33. Moses
    6:11 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Haha.. The defense played pretty good? Ya giving up 400 yards rushing is amazing!!



  34. catnuts
    6:23 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Can you all remember back to when Bill Curry was coach how bad every phase of our team was? The receivers couldn’t catch a ball if you handed it to them. We had D-backs that couldn’t stay within 10 yards of their men. We couldn’t tackle. We ran the ball up the middle 99% of the time on first and second down and ran a draw play on every 3rd and long. We knew going into games of LSU and Florida and Georgia and Tennessee that not only were we going to lose but we knew we were going to get embarrassed. Well guess what, we’reeeeeeeeeeeeee baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.



  35. Just saying
    8:23 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    34. Couldnt agree more. After the WKU and CMU games I said the Defense was worse this year than last, and we couldnt stop the run if it was falg football. People on here said I was crazy, well if anyone on here didnt watch the UF game let me tell you, Florida could have put up 70points if they wanted to, the 400 yards on the ground were a lot to do with the fact UF didint have to throw the ball because they were put 28-0 in the first quarter. So when UF lines up and UK KNOWS they are running, and UF puts up 400 yards, is absolutely embarrassing



  36. football
    8:25 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    what is this football you are talking about



  37. barn
    8:29 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    well, one good thing: it’s an early game saturday. it would be more fitting if it were played at sunrise. 11-man firing squad and they each have a bullet



  38. C-A-T-S
    9:08 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone else think John Gruden would be a good idea?



  39. comments
    9:26 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    show me



  40. Just Saying
    9:28 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    38. Only if Bill Parcells isnt interested



  41. Fred Cowturd
    9:48 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    I say if UK crosses the fifty yardline consider that a victory and head for that charter jet back to Lexvegas,



  42. Blue Bayou
    9:23 am September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I attend LSU law and have seen the Tigers play a couple times this year. All I can say is that it’s going to be ugly and painful for the true blue. The Tigers are unbelievably big, strong, fast and mean. UK is…..none of the above.



  43. donnie
    9:31 am September 27, 2011 Permalink

    we play football for show and basketball for dough



  44. JB95Jeep
    9:41 am September 27, 2011 Permalink

    LSU will cover the spread easily on Saturday. Looking back at the first 4 games, I see no chance of KY even scoring this weekend. Those of you who still think that KY has a chance of even slowing LSU down on Saturday need only look at the West Virginia game this past weekend. West Virginia’s defense is much better than KY’s defense and LSU put 47 points on them on the road.