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Notes from Joker’s Monday Press Conference

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While you’re out on the lake enjoying the three-day weekend, Joker Phillips is getting Kentucky football ready for the second game of the season. Part of that preparation includes his Monday afternoon press conference with the media.

Don’t worry, we’ve got the notes. You just keep relaxing. Save me a hot dog, though.


— Joker opened the press conference by saying, “We’ve watched the Western Kentucky game several times and we’ve buried it.” I vote for never digging it up. Ever.

— Phillips is very pleased with how the defense and special teams played in the opener. He said some special teams guys will see more reps on offense and defense.  He added that there isn’t anything wrong with winnings games with good defense and special teams.

— The offense, however, needs a lot of work. Joker said the defense will have to keep carrying the team until the offense can catch up. The staff didn’t find anything on the offensive side of the ball that excited them. He asked for more time to get the offense in shape and to where they want it. This is a young offense so I think we can give them a break here. As far as “more time” to get it going, I say we give them until the Louisville game. Does that work for you all?

— Joker doesn’t really need to call a press conference to tell us how bad the receivers played, but he still took a few minutes to voice his disappointment in his wideouts. He said the wide receivers were embarrassing. “If you’re going to be a pass catcher, you better catch the damn ball,” he said. We can expect to see changes on the outside in the Central Michigan game. Joker asked the room if there is anyone who thinks there shouldn’t be changes. Look for E.J. Fields and DeMarco Robinson to see more playing time, and Kentucky fans might even get to see the long-awaited debut of Aaron Boyd. On the freshman DeMarco Robinson, Joker said they need to get him out in open space.

Phillips said Morgan Newton made four or five bonehead plays, but overall he looked okay. Joker said the line needs to do a better job of protecting Newton and those receivers need to help him out by making plays. He added that Maxwell Smith was warming up at halftime and they’re still trying to get him out on the field.

— A few individual player notes:

Collins Ukwu didn’t practice but should be fine come Saturday. He sat out the second half of the game with a bruised chest.

— Wide receiver Brian Adams suffered a high ankle sprain on a three-yard hitch route. Adams did not practice and he’ll be evaluated throughout the week.

— Center Matt Smith started practice today but couldn’t finish. The offensive line had a disappointing first game and Smith is a vital part of that crew.

— Joker praised Donte Rumph for how he played. Phillips said Rumph played as well anyone they’ve had around here in a long time.

— He also praised freshman Alvin Dupree for getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback. All of the young linebackers played well.

— Also, UK announced Saturday will be “Heroes Day” at Commonwealth Stadium. Any military, fire, police, or EMT personnel can pick up two free tickets to the game at Gate 4. If you fall into one of those categories, just make sure you take a valid service ID with you.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

21 Comments for Notes from Joker’s Monday Press Conference

  1. Mr Schwump
    2:09 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink


  2. Look Out Fireworks
    2:09 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, ever heard of pronouns? You can use them so that you don’t have to wire Joker or Phillips 1000 times in an article. Look them up, they’re awesome!

  3. Following Schwump
    2:10 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Schwump was first.

  4. Look Out Fireworks
    2:13 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, ever heard of pronouns? You can use them so that you don’t have to write Joker or Phillips 1000 times in an article, you can simply write “he”. Look them up, they’re awesome! In fact, I have already used several. They make you sound smarter, as if you can carry on a thought for more than a sentence.

  5. Drew Franklin
    2:20 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m just trying to say Joker as much as I can before he is gone.

  6. Look Out Fireworks
    2:24 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker WKU.

    How many times does it take?

  7. Buckets
    2:36 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    If they stink it up again, I might start looking forward to basketball season. No excuse for how pitiful the game against Western was. Just flat out awful. I was hoping for a win over UT this year. Now I’m just hoping for a win over U of L. I’d say they couldn’t possibly play much worse than they did against WKU, but we all know they can play worse, and likely will at some point this season. It’s written in the Bible of Kentucky football tradition and history: Thou shalt sucketh.

  8. Beetle bum
    2:39 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Aaron would love to play, but he has a date to get busy in a Louisville club.

  9. Bill P
    2:40 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure what film Joker watched to think that, but for 4-5 bonehead plays, Newton played ok. To blame Newton’s poor play on the wide receivers is amazing and lessens my confidence in Joker’s ability to fairly evaluate his players. Yes, the receivers played poorly and dropped balls, but Newton was very bad. Let’s just hope that it was just a bad outing and there will be significant improvement by the entire offense.

  10. tdogg4033011
    2:40 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Newton & the WR’s look like the Green Bay Packers Saturday. They’ll prolly need
    a confidence boost ….. I’ve yet to read but a hand full of positive comments since
    Thursday. I agree the offense looked terrible, but they are 1-0 and still our CATS. Lets
    get out and support them this weekend & get CWS ROCKIN ….. GO BIG BLUE !!!!

  11. Beetle bum
    2:45 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The WRs sucked the life out of the offense. Watch Michigan’s WRs catch balls for Denard. If it is in your hands, you have to bring it in. They did not many times.

  12. tdogg4033011
    2:46 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    7) they dont need fans like you any how …… BANDWAGON !!!!!

  13. aaron boyd give up
    3:09 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    aaron boyd? wasnt he a 4 star recruit? you know what aaron boyd if you read this please quit the team and free up a scholarship for someone who actually gives a damn about football and getting an education. i have never participated in uk football but have bought season tickets and purchased gear and trust me my contribution to the program has had a much larger impact and will last longer than any damn thing you have brought to uk football. get out!

  14. RidgeRunner
    3:20 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker…. umm, no comment.

  15. Calipari'sInYourEar
    4:02 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky’s fan base has more women dressed as men than any I’ve ever seen.

    Like a a partially drunk bearded PTA meeting. Make sure to wear your dresses to the game Saturday ladies!

    Also, anyone threatening to not go to another game… if your spotted anywhere near Commonwealth we’ll take your beer and staple a bra and skirt on you.

  16. Doug
    4:25 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Can Aaron do any worse? I agree there is blocking and approprate route running that he may not be doing, but I think he deserves a chance on the field. I know the staff is uspet with his lack of practice habits, and maybe he has cashed it in. He has good hands and I think he should get some time and some balls thrown his way.. you never know, it might be enough to ignite him?

  17. Moses
    5:01 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    More time? How much time do you need to run the most vanilla offense in America?

  18. Andy
    5:34 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 13…wth is Aaron Boyd doing on this team if he is not going to contribute that much. Whats the point riding the bench? I have heard nothing coming out of camp suggesting he has improved. Can we free up a scholarship please!!

  19. Buckets
    6:13 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    12 – Just being honest, dude. It is what it is.

  20. john
    6:27 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    This is team is HORRIBLE. Worst UK team in years. 5 wins is a dream season for this team, 3 is more likely.

  21. STEVE!
    8:38 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    How many other SEC coaches would say it is acceptable for their Junior starting QB to make 4 or 5 boneheaded plays in a game against a team the caliber of WKU? My guess is 0. What is the over/under on number of acceptable boneheaded plays against Central Michigan? Louisville? Florida?