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More from Joker’s Monday press conference.

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A KSR student intern was in the Wildcat Den today for Joker Phillips’ Monday afternoon press conference. Here is Stuart Hammer’s coverage of the presser to go along with the notes we gave you earlier.

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UK FOOTBALL MONDAY PRESS CONFERENCE
Stuart Hammer, KSR Student Intern

Joker Phillips held a press conference today after morning practice; he discussed the Western Kentucky game, and looked ahead to the Central Michigan game on Saturday. Winston Guy , Danny Trevathan and Larry Warford were also present for interviews after the press conference.

— Phillips said the team and staff have watched the Western Kentucky game a couple of times, and they have “buried that,” and “it’s time to go to work” focusing on Central Michigan. Offensively there is a lot of work to do, and that offensive line need to get at level they’ve played in the past.

— Morgan Newton had “four or five bonehead plays” and it looks bad when you only run 50 total. It becomes difficult to get in a rhythm with so many three-and-outs, so the team has to make plays for Newton. Joker has set the bar high for his quarterback, saying he doesn’t care if Newton is on the run, in the pocket or staring down defenders, he has to deliver a pass on the money.

— Obviously Phillips was very disappointed with the wide receivers, “those guys did not play well at all outside. It was embarrassing.” He said if the receivers want to act like a pass catcher, “you better catch the dang ball.” Phillips is looking for the receivers to be tough and physical, and put their nose on people. He also suggested there will be changes this week, specifically mentioning Aaron Boyd and Demarco Robinson.

— Defensively, Phillips is proud of the effort the unit showed. He said WKU was beat with defense, and that “they have to carry us until the offense catches up.” Phillips also praised the special teams unit and that stars have already started to emerge.

— Winston Guy played “exactly how I envisioned,” said Phillips. He said more guys need to start playing like Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan, and that their attitude is “infectious.” He wants all of his players to “play like pro’s.” Guy and Trevathan do that, and the rest of the team needs to catch on.

— Phillips was very complementary of young guys Donte Rumph and Christian Coleman, saying the defensive line will soon be a strength of the defense. He also said Luke McDermott is one of the “craftiest guys out there,” and understands how linemen set, and that compromises for his smaller size.

Bud Dupree, Tyler Brause, Malcom McDuffen and Ashley Lowery all had reps in “critical times” versus WKU, and it was “good to see how those guys responded.” Phillips was happy with the speed they showed in the time they had.

— The injury report is favorable; Phillips said Morgan Newton’s non-throwing hand thumb is “fine” and that he did a good job last week of sucking it up. Brian Adams did not practice today; he was out with an ankle sprain. Collins Ukwu did not practice today, but he is feeling a lot better with a chest bruise.

— Danny Trevathan was happy with his performance in stopping Bobby Rainey, but is focused on stopping Central Michigan and looking to capitalize on forcing turnovers. Trevathan was very complimentary of Winston Guy, saying “he’s taking it seriously,” and that “he is a great addition to the linebacker corp.”

Winston Guy is very happy with Rick Minter’s defense and always being put in the right spot to make plays. He is taking advantage of his athletic ability to shed blocks and makes plays. Guy also said “everyone has to buy in” to Minter’s defense, and that so far, the unit is doing just that.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

27 Comments for More from Joker’s Monday press conference.



  1. RidgeRunner
    6:38 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    More info on that debacle? Are you kidding me?



  2. blitzedanddazed
    6:48 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I feel no sense of urgency from Joker. Does anyone else feel this season slipping away?



  3. tdogg4033011
    7:01 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    2) they’ve played one freakin game man, now thats what ya call jumping to a conclusion … lol



  4. blitzedanddazed
    7:05 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #3—You wouldn’t know sarcasm if it kicked you in the ass.



  5. tdogg4033011
    7:09 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    4) sure, you another bandwagon fan



  6. Lex08
    7:09 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Have the wide receivers watched any film of Joker on the sidelines? That was embarrassing, as well.



  7. blitzedanddazed
    7:15 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #5 —Go back to your coloring books. But first answer the phone—It’s Curtis Shaw— you dumbass!



  8. RidgeRunner
    7:21 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    tdogg is NOT a dumbass, that’s out of line. He’s a true, longtime fan who has more patience than many of us and defends every Cat. That is very admireable.



  9. tdogg4033011
    7:23 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    7) no sense in getting mad at me, you’re the one that wants to write off the season
    after one game. Then if they was to upset a USC,LSU or UF …. you would be their
    biggest fan.



  10. tdogg4033011
    7:25 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #8 LOL … just having fun with this dude on a boring night. thanks though … lol



  11. bosshogg24
    7:33 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Play calling has to change and improve or someone needs to replaced or dismissed. If someone’s grandson was calling the plays we wouldn’t know the difference!



  12. tdogg4033011
    7:37 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    11) with all the complaining about the game, that is one thing I’ll agree on. The play calling
    was very boring and predictable.



  13. Truth
    7:56 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    4) Tdogg is a rube and has a very low IQ. If you have been on here for any length of time, you would know. It’s doubtful he has ever set foot in a college classroom.



  14. BigBlueSkyDog
    7:56 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Matt is going to have to rehash his bathroom stories tomorrow. This pathetic game has been analyzed far more than is necessary.



  15. RidgeRunner
    7:58 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    13…well now, a college classroom certainly distinguishes IQ & logical sense. umm-umm…

    Oh boy…



  16. JBR
    7:59 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker has never had a sense of urgency, it is his demeanor, and his team plays like it on the field. Minter made a great move with Winston Guy. Having watched this kid closely, it was the only way to get him to succeed. He has perhaps the lowest football IQ of any player I have seen at UK, but a huge athletic ability. Minter moved him up to where he does not have to think much, just go get the football…and being closer to the line of scrimmage helps in his poor angles that he always took.



  17. Ben Chandler
    8:00 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    11….you got a problem with my play calling?



  18. tdogg4033011
    8:05 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    13) you are correct, I’ve never been to college. Damn ….. got me !!!!



  19. duhville cat
    8:13 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    19) … he called you a rube. lol.



  20. football fan
    8:22 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher if you ask me.



  21. big tim
    8:32 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    they showed it on the news he was p off he didnt say catch the dang ball at first he said you better catch the DAM ball. it just the first game people always want to jump to conclusion if they still playing like crap after the louisville game then its time to worry



  22. JackNicklaus
    8:33 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    20) …didn’t know Charlie Brown’s teacher was Bill Curry. Interesting.



  23. Stuart Hammer
    8:37 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    My first assignment and post on KSR – thanks everyone for reading. If you want to follow the future pressers I’ll cover, find me on twitter @StuartHammer, I’ll always been updating live. Thanks!



  24. Stuart Hammer
    8:38 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    My first assignment and post on KSR – thanks everyone for reading. If you want to follow the future pressers I’ll cover, find me on twitter @StuartHammer, I’ll always been updating live. Thanks!

    21) He was quoted saying both “damn” and “dang” – I chose the less-obscene word lol



  25. Look Out Fireworks
    9:59 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Come on Drew, now you’ve got the new kids doing it, too?



  26. Jimmy Buffett
    10:13 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not that they played like crap against WKU …..
    It’s that they played like crap against UT last year …..
    It’s that they played like crap against Pitt last year …..

    Oh wait, it IS that they played like crap against WKU …..
    I think I see a pattern here …..
    If history is any indicator, they’ll play like crap against CMU.



  27. journo
    1:34 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Finally you got some real writers on the site. More from these interns, please!