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Notes From Day 2 of Football Preseason Camp


Not a picture from today, but that hat will always be timeless.


After a reportedly sloppy first day of preseason camp, Joker Phillips told reporters that the second day was much smoother and more focused, although the freshmen still have a lot of work to do. According to the head coach, “when it comes to freshmen progression, “there is usually a point in camp where you see a light come on. Today is not the day.” Joker noted that freshmen adjust to college play at different speeds, pointing to Darrian Miller as a player last year who was quick to pick up style of play while others hit their stride midseason.


When asked about the running back position, Joker said that the position is deep and the amount of experience at the position will help Kentucky win games this season. Freshmen Justin Taylor and DyShawn Mobley will also add to the high quality of running backs. As for quarterback, Joker was cagey about who’s leading in the competition for playing time, saying that no quarterback really showed an impressive command of the ball:  

The decision-making wasn’t even close to where we need it to be. Our defensive guys caught a lot of balls yesterday. That cannot happen. We have to throw it to the right people. A lot of it had to do with decision-making — and command of the football. We were a lot better today at that. Again, not anywhere near where we need to be at to go play again.

Joker and the coaching staff will continue to watch tape before making a final decision about the starting quarterback heading into the season opener against Louisville on September 2nd.


And perhaps most interestingly, Joker filled us in on what La’Rod King was up to this past spring when coaches were reportedly upset with him for not stepping into a leadership role: the wide receiver was busy juggling being a new father with pledging a fraternity. La’Rod stepped up his leadership game over the summer, and Joker sounded confident that he’ll continue to be a role model for younger players throughout the season, saying “He has the stripes to lead, and we need that from him.”



28 days. Beat the Cards.



Article written by Kristen Geil

7 Comments for Notes From Day 2 of Football Preseason Camp

  1. MartyFeldmanEyes
    8:10 pm August 5, 2012 Permalink

    Joker is in a no win situation when it comes to picking a starting QB……no matter the decision,
    there will be folks out there who blast him for making the wrong choice.
    (Now somebody follow up with a comment about Joker and a no-win situation…LOL)

  2. barn
    8:15 pm August 5, 2012 Permalink

    i say a 3-win situation. maybe 4

  3. dave
    8:21 pm August 5, 2012 Permalink

    looks like joker has really been listening to the fans since last season. bad decisions & bad practice = “not anywhere near where we need to be at to go play again”. fans respect honesty & the players probably do too.

  4. UKBlue
    8:23 pm August 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but Newton & Smith aren’t freshmen, have played in the SEC, and they still aren’t good at making decisions or having command on the ball ? If these kids haven’t gotten it by now, they’re never going to get it. Somebody needs to be all up in these kids A$$ to hopefully light some initiative. Apparently these kids either like or don’t care about being embarrassed & out played on the field because their play sure has yet to show different.

  5. Catfish
    8:53 pm August 5, 2012 Permalink

    Newton looked good at practice on Saturday. Made the smartest decisions. I hope anyone who failed to attend Saturday, comments on who should be quarterback.

  6. Bowdie
    8:52 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    4- Well, they did decide to play at UK. There’s good reason for that.

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