After starting off his career 2-0, the only head coach for Kentucky to do so since Bear Bryant, Joker seemed pretty relaxed last night during his press conference.
On Hartlines performance
“I thought Mike Hartline was outstanding. You guys had him with four incompletions; he said he only had two. I don’t know. We’ll go back, watch the film and give you an update tomorrow.”
On Mike blocking in the WildCobb package
“Yeah, we want him to throw the block. He’s on scholarship, too. Unless he doesn’t expect those other guys to block for him, yeah, we expect him to throw a block. You should see him block on the ‘Wildcat’ package. Mike is down there hustling, trying to get after people.”
On the Versatility of Randall Cobb
“No there’s not much that he can’t do. I’m worried about him, because we had our coaches show, he said he wanted to be a Head Coach. I’m like, ‘he’s gonna take my job.'”
It wasn’t all roses and clover though, and defensive coordinator Steve Brown talked about what his side of the ball is missing.
On the defense giving up so many yards to Western tailback Bobby Rainey
“Rainey’s a hell of a player. He could play in the SEC. He’s a good back. I’m excited for his future.” But, “When you hit a guy and he keeps running an moving the pile, there’s something wrong.”
Brown on how his defense played overall
“A lot of young kids played, a lot of inexperienced kids, and I’m proud of the fact that they kept fighting and they won. My hats off to Western Kentucky, they did some nice things, and they got that program headed in the right direction.”
With so many great performances on the offensive side of the ball, it has given Kentucky fans a lot to look forward to this season. Let’s start with Mike Hartline, who has looked every bit of an excellent game managing (and occasionally winning,) quarterback so far this season.
On his swagger this season.
“It’s not just me having more confidence in myself, it’s everyone around me having confidence, too. It’s the players, the coaches. It makes it easy to play. I’m just happy to be a part of this group of people.”
“(The ball) feels good coming out of my hands. We have great plays to run and we have guys out there making catches, so I feel good about what we’re doing.”
“It’s great. Having good stats is one thing, but to win is what we’re trying to do. The main reason we’re out here is to win, whether it’s really nice or really ugly, it’s to win.”
And then of course, there is the Legend of Cobb.
On the versatility of the offense
“I think hands down we’ve got depth at running back, receiver, at quarterback… being able to play three quarterbacks in one game is remarkable.”
On taking care of business against Western
“I think that it was very important for us, and we wanted to make a statement tonight, that we could put points on the board… And not to get too lackadaisical.”
Overall, it was a great win and a great night. The energy around this team so far is nothing but positive, even when they let up too many big plays. The coaches seem to be gelling together well, and the players have had nothing but positive remarks for each other. It’s too early to tell how well these Cats will do in the SEC, but this season is setting itself up to be a fun one.