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Monday’s Football Press Conference Video, Notes and Today’s KSR Podcast

 

-The biggest news of the day was the health of freshman quarterback Patrick Towles. Towles suffered a high ankle sprain in the Mississippi State game, and is now listed as day-to-day. He was not listed on this week’s depth chart, and could be out for an extended period of time — if not the rest of the season. A medical redshirt seems more plausible for him than rushing back to help this team to probably no more than three victories. Jalen Whitlow will continue to be the answer at quarterback, with Morgan Newton possibly helping out some. Newton’s shoulder is still a concern among Kentucky’s coaches, which is why he isn’t getting as much consideration. Phillips said that Newton will continue to work on passing routes, but the odds of his shoulder getting better soon is slim to none.

-On Saturday, DC Rick Minter said that he only had about six players healthy in his secondary after S Tay Neloms went down with a hamstring injury. Coach Phillips said Kentucky actually has seven players ready to go, but Neloms isn’t one of them. Neloms was not listed on the depth chart this week, and probably won’t make the trip to Arkansas as a result of it. As a senior, Neloms’ situation is much different than Towles’. He will try to get back on the field at all costs and should be back before the end of the season unless the injury is eventually deemed more serious.

Phillips said that he wants to see quicker decisions from Whitlow going forward. His delayed decisions have caused numerous sacks that have killed offensive drives. Kentucky only allowed four sacks with Maxwell Smith under center, but have allowed eleven sacks since he’s gone down. This offensive line has shown how good it can be, and it’s still pretty good, it’s just hard to block SEC defensive linemen as long as he’s holding the ball.

OG Zach West said the offensive line’s main concern is “keeping these freshmen quarterbacks clean.” Although it’s tough to do so with delayed decision-making, West is confident the group can handle it. West also wants the group’s run-blocking has to be better. West thinks the offensive line has to work with the running backs a little more so they can all get on the same page.

LB Khalid Henderson has logged more snaps at the WLB position because he’s been able to make plays while on the field. He contributes his development to LB Bud Dupree and LB Avery Williamson taking him under their wing. Henderson said Williamson is like a big brother to him, and part of the reason he decided to commit to Kentucky.

-Phillips said there is now ten freshmen on punt return, with a sophomore (Demarco Robinson) returning punts. Phillips called it “exciting” for so many young players to play and sets up a lot of great talent for the future of the program.

 

– Listen to Matt and Ryan on today’s show, Day 1 of the Big Blue Madness ticket giveaway

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

30 Comments for Monday’s Football Press Conference Video, Notes and Today’s KSR Podcast



  1. SEC fan
    2:19 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    -Phillips said that he wants to see quicker decisions from Whitlow going forward. Is this guy for real?



  2. Bradley
    2:21 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    South Carolina’s defensive line had alot more to do with the rising sack numbers than the Whitlow’s decision making. That and the stupid play calling dropping the kid back when he clearly does his best work out of the pocket. Sanders blasting Whitlow after the MSU game is shameful. Look in the damn mirror Randy. That kid has played to fn college games and you blast him publically? You’ve been in the business decades and your performance was twice as bad as any player on the field. Is anyone calling your ass out at pressers? Summers is the only coach on this entire staff that has a clue. The rest will be mowing grass next year…and I bet they’ll suck at it.



  3. SoCal Will
    2:25 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    People told Lincoln not to hire Grant because of a lack of moral character. Lincoln wanted to win….



  4. UK Fan
    2:33 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino to much baggage. Tressel to much baggage and couldn’t beat most SEC teams while at OSU. If UK wants a good hire, I say go for Chris Peterson (Boise St. Coach). He is a motivator and can get kids to give it their all. His caliber of recruits are not that of most SEC teams, but he can get his players to win games through motivation and good coaching. Pay him to come and he will bring the players. I’ve had enough of this thing they call the JOKE. RRRRR



  5. njcat
    2:35 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    2. Well put. Was also going to point out that the # of sacks has increased along with the level of competition. I’m sure inexperience is a factor, but Whitlow has got the mobility to make things happen if he’s moving / bootlegging. Hopefully the coaches can figure out what everyone else seems to already understand.



  6. notv
    2:36 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sacks should almost ALWAYS get credited against the O line. While Whitlow does hold it a little long, it’s not really his fault when the DEs/LBs have a straight shot at him every other play.



  7. Yesterdays
    2:36 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    In his tenure, I have never said the phrase, “Man, that was a great call by Sanders.”

    Looking forward to tailgating and seeing my friends and family at the Georgia game. I am not looking forward to the thumping that they will put on us or the third and long draw plays that Sanders seems to be so fond of.



  8. Logic
    2:39 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    If MB passes on Petrino, it puts even more pressure on whoever he hires.’ I see some who don’t want Petrino because of the type of person he is. I don’t see many who say he wouldn’t win here. That hangs over the head of anyone else selected.



  9. njcat
    2:39 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    4. No established and successful coach is going to come to KY… period. Why leave a successful program and go to one that hasn’t consistently won anything for 70 years. Coaches like that would be far more likely to go to a program like Pitt, Arkansas or Auburn. All you can realistically hope for is a Cutcliff / Brooks type hire – or an up and coming coordinator. Now.. significantly upgrade the facilities and you might have a shot at a successful coach from a midmajor (e.g. Western, ULMOnroe, etc.)



  10. njcat
    2:44 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    8. If Petrino ever did win here, he would leave the year after he had his first winning record. Given his baggage, is he really worth it. Much rather hire an up-and-comer with a top shelf pedigree like Willie Taggart or Charlie Strong. They both turned AWFUL programs around and arguably have an even tougher recruiting challenge than they would at KY.



  11. portlandky
    2:48 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #7…Lots of coaches like to call the draw on 3rd & long. They just don’t do it every time like UK. I guess Sanders is just using Joker’s old play book. Sure does look the same any way. They do open it up a little every now & then. Just the other day they had a 3rd & 15, and then they opened the book & threw a 2 yard wide receiver screen pass. It gained 4 yards. Joker said they got it to the wrong play maker.



  12. Beavis
    2:53 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t agree # 9,,,,the problem with getting the “right” coach is Kentucky has not been willing to pay the money. For instance,,,why would an assistant coach at Alabama be willing to take a pay cut for a head coaching job here ? They won’t. Pay the man what he is worth and make a commitment to the program.



  13. kycats44
    2:57 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #10- Really dude?? Charlie Strong?? Im gonna act like u didnt say that. I say here is the list of people you call in order with a blank check. John Gruden, Jim Tressel, Bobby Petrino, Gus Malzahn, Butch Jones, Mike Leach, David Cutcliffe, Kirby Smart, Charlie Weis.



  14. Jon O
    3:04 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    4, love the Chris Peterson idea. Doubt he would come, but I would like for UK to go after him. the guy is a winner.



  15. Pederson will not come...
    3:06 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #4 – I know you live in Kentucky but most anyone that pays attention to college football knows Chris Pederson has turned down many west coast jobs to stay at Boise State–most notably UCLA. If he’s not leaving Boise State for UCLA and recruiting rich grounds of Southern California, he definitely isn’t coming to Kentucky.



  16. Fed up
    3:55 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Starts with our punter” he says and had to become creative with the switch in quarterbacks. Seriously?



  17. Fan Fan
    4:14 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK football coaches are stupid and funny. I use to give benefit but nolonger blasting Whitlow for the dumb play calling when he’s a true freshman playing against all pro NFL talent on first 2 starts. Blaming him for sacks? Stupid coaches. Max played Kent st, wku, Louisville. Whitlow South Carolina and Miss st



  18. Sammydog
    4:18 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I know this is contrarian thinking but I predict Joker will be Kentucky’s coach next year due to injuries. Mitch will give him another year with the stipulation it will be his last unless the team improves. Some assistant coaches may change. When fans were clamoring for Brooks to be fired, Mitch stood his ground. I think he will this time as well. Charlie Strong isn’t leaving Louisville and Taggert would be a fool to come to UK regardless of the paycheck. UK is not an attractive job to any hot coach I can think of.



  19. Georgia Blue
    4:27 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Whitlow is not a drop back passer. Sanders is not a fullback running up the middle,but OC seem to think so with horrible recreation play calling. MSU linebacker knew the play before we ran it. Yes they figure out our OC plays. It doesnt take a genious to know what play he going to run. That’s why our Offense is in a disadvantage. Our play calling couldn’t fool little league coaches. For the last 6 weeks how many passes have we thrown down the field. Know tight end down the seam when know linebacker in the middle. Every pass is east to west to e erybody. So Joker needs to check his OC for being in bottom of NCAA offense team stats. And dont use injuries as a excuse.



  20. player dad
    4:30 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I read this site often just to help stay up with what’s going on in Lexington and UK football and its a lot going on. Will say this Jalen is a strong kid mentally so all the finger pointing and all is not going to get to him. I appreciate those who has defended him and just want to say he is young and a true freshman in a new state and city. He will not disrespect any coach or fan no matter what. I think under the sercumstances he has done OK and will get much better. He is a fast learner with a complex system that Max has been in for about 3 yrs. We have a good young team so I will stay cup half full. South Carolina and Mississippi St is no cake walk. Prattville has Jalens back and we hope some Kentucky fans will also. God bless



  21. Honky Kong
    4:32 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I know he is 2-4 so far, but I’m still on the Mike Leach band wagon !! Hire the pirate !!



  22. MemphisCat
    4:35 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Joker is trying to make Whitlow the next Morgan Newton (Hopefully, better, couldn’t be worse)



  23. player dad
    4:35 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Circumstances. Sorry!



  24. Charlie Strong
    4:43 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #13 kycats44: I got news for you, I wouldn’t even take the UK job. Why would I take on the bottom feeder role in the SEC shark tank? I can win easier at UofL, I am paid plenty of $$, and I can recruit better players than if I was at UK because of our 21st century facilities. Oh, and I will move on to a much better job than UK when I leave.

    And, did you really say John Gruden and Kirby Smart? Man, you are hilarious!!!



  25. Beavis
    4:47 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    We are in the SEC,,,,like it or not. Pony up the money for a “name” coach and better facilities or the program needs to join the MAC,,,,which I am not sure we can compete in either.



  26. DoorMatOfTheSEC
    5:06 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #10 Charlie Strong? Is he looking for a job in a celler dweller SEC School?? I can think of three SEC schools he may be interested in…but UK ain’t one of ’em.



  27. tomcat2012
    5:29 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #20:Sir, i can only speak for myself,but i”m sure alot of UK fans will agree with me when i say that we’re behind our players 100%.Its the coaches who are letting the fans down.UK fans have backed our football team through alot of losing seasons,but when we feel like a coaching change needs to take place,then we don’t show up as often to make a point to the administration.It’s sad that the kids have to suffer too,when they see the stands empty or hear boos on occasion.We too have your son and all the players backs.



  28. Rixter
    7:38 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker’s right. Whitlow’s decision making is the reason Kentucky is so bad this year.



  29. Reader
    10:26 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Love Coach Cal’s book club and recommendations. Checked in at Coach Phillip’s book club and need some help… Where can I find his favorite Green Eggs and Ham? Joker”s quote about this favorite was,” hum, well hum”. Man that guy fires me up. Where’s a brick wall I can run through?



  30. Cal's Pal
    10:34 am October 9, 2012 Permalink

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue….Bacon.