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Monday’s Football Press Conference


KSR student intern Rashawn Franklin was at Joker’s Monday football press conference today. This is what he found…

Coach Joker Phillips held a press conference today; he discussed the victory over Central Michigan, as well as the upcoming Battle for the Governor’s cup against rival, Louisville. The student athletes available for interview were: Inside linebacker Ronnie Sneed, Left guard Stuart Hines, and Running back and local Matt Jones man-crush, Josh Clemons.

-The injury report was as follows: Gene McCaskill, Billy Joe Murphy, Matt Smith, Taiedo Smith will not practice on Tuesday. Also, Murphy and Smith are both questionable for the Louisville game.

-The offensive line has been pretty banged up and shuffled this year having all five starters ailing at some point. Center Matt Smith has not registered a snap on offense at all this season and despite practicing once last week was not healthy enough to play against Central Michigan. Coach Phillips said that Smith has had some personal problems off the field, which has delayed some of his treatment, but said that they are “hoping to get him back sometime soon.”

-Freshmen offensive tackle and Lexington-native (Bryan Station), Darrian Miller, filled in for Murphy on Saturday against the Chippewas. Joker, as well as Stuart Hines, praised Miller’s ability to come in as a true freshman at this level and have success. Coach Phillips described Miller as a “hard-worker” and “unbelievably smart guy.” He thinks that having Miller come into the game as a freshmen can do nothing but increase depth on the offensive line and help his football team win.

-When asked about the upcoming Louisville game linebacker Ronnie Sneed said that practice leading up to a rivalry game or an SEC game is “a lot more exciting.” He talked about setting the stage for conference play by having a good showing against Louisville and elevating the level of play from here on out.

-Hines also talked about being a senior and possibly going undefeated against Louisville. “Being able to say I never lost against them is kind of a big deal. Not a lot of people can say that.”

– Quarterback Morgan Newton had a much better showing against Central Michigan then his three interception game against Western Kentucky. Phillips expressed how excited he was to see Newton get a little more comfortable in the second half of the game. He hopes to get Newton in more “shotgun” formations against Louisville so that he can use his legs when need be. Joker also cited that Morgan is “faster than he looks,” and is a lot more athletic than Andre Woodson and Mike Hartline.

-The big story from the weekend was the emergence of true freshmen Josh Clemons (14 rushes, 126 yards and a TD). He and Raymond Sanders have formed quite a duo in the backfield and both will be needed in SEC play to help take pressure off of Newton. Clemons, a Georgia native, was asked about his recruiting process and how he ended up with the ‘Cats instead of staying closer to home. “It’s all about going to place where you think you can flourish and where they are confident in your abilities.” As far as an outlook on future success Clemons said, “I plan to keep working hard and keep learning and if that means getting better then I’ll get better.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

16 Comments for Monday’s Football Press Conference

  1. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    3:11 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    A little disappointed in Joker. He kept talking about how he was going to play Fields against CMU and E.J. only saw one snap of offense. I’m starting the #FreeEJFields movement.

  2. Seriously?
    3:15 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    “Quarterback Morgan Newton had a much better showing against Central Michigan then his three interception game against Western Kentucky.”

    Actually the WKU game was before the CMU game.

  3. UKGoBigBlue
    3:26 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t get the Joker has a Pro style offense; I’ve never in my life seen a Pro Style offense this boring. Joker & his offense has no panache or swagger; we really shouldn’t be surprised, Joker like watching corn grow. The team takes on the coaches personality; no wonder the team has no energy, and can’t catch the ball. Joker nickname should be Mr. Excitement!

    We desperately need a full time offensive coordinator; preferably a coach that will install some form of a West Coast Offense !

  4. tyson
    3:32 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Any truth that Joker was calling some/most of the plays in the 2nd half on offense?

  5. Epps2Shep
    3:39 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    3) You are the most obvious of UofL trolls. 5 in a row, son. You know it. I know it.

  6. tom
    3:48 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I wish young Josh Clemmons well but he’s got to show me a lot more consistency before I’m ready to crown him king of the Bluegrass. Yes he was 14 for 127 and a TD, but 87 of those yards and the TD came on one play. His other 13 carries netted him 39 yards total (an average of 3 per carry)

    Let’s give the young the ball and see what he can do. I’m all for him and he seems to have as much upside potential as anyone we are putting on the field…but just a little perspective

  7. Number 2 Is An Idiot
    3:54 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hey #2, What are you talking about? Yes, the WKU game was before the CMU game and that is exactly what the quote is saying. Why are you saying the same thing as the quote and thinking it’s wrong?

  8. Dr. Poop
    4:00 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Why did you put “shotgun” in quotes?

  9. Dr. Poop
    4:02 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Why did you put “shotgun” in quotes? Like it’s some sort of mythical creature…

  10. Kernel Sanders
    4:02 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    #6 A running back’s consistency can be judged on a number of stats. Fumbles, receptions, picking up blitzes, yards gained after 1st hit, # of negative plays, carrying out assignments, etc. To simply say that Clemons is inconsistent because he averaged 3 yards/carry outside of the touchdown run isn’t looking at the whole picture. If Clemons performed well on all other aspects of the game, and without looking at each play, you could just as easily surmise his line failed to block for him. Just a little more perspective…

  11. fan
    4:30 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    #7 cause Drew used then instead of than

  12. Hey Number 7
    5:00 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    7 – 2 pulled a grammar zing on Drew Franklin. “Then” is a word used to connect events, etc. in time. “Than” is used in comparative phrases. Franklin used the former when he should have used the latter. That’s only one of several mistakes in this post (about par for one of Franklin’s, though).

  13. Drew Franklin
    5:23 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t write this. I appreciate your “zing” though.

  14. bung
    6:53 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

  15. Burton
    10:42 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    #13 Maybe with your supreme grammar skills you should read the line in italics under the picture. Drew did not write it, the student intern did.