From KSR student intern, Caroline Hall…
— Coach Joker Phillips opened up saying, “it was a good practice, it wasn’t a great practice.” But no worries, Tuesday practices are where they usually find their game stategy for the rest of this week’s practices.
— Coach Phillips knows that Florida has speed….and that’s an understatement. Joker was asked if there was any way to simulate Florida’s speed, he jokingly replied, “Nah, no…maybe we can get a few cheetahs out there…maybe some hyenas.” But he emphasized that they have beat teams with a lot of speed before and he knows what it takes to stop them. He said, “we have to put a hat on ‘em…we have to be good in your execution and clean in your play to beat teams like this.”
— When asked about how the cats are preparing for Florida’s offense coach Phillips said, “this is a different type of an offense for Florida. This guy is a pro style quarter back that’s running a pro style offense….and does a good job at it.”
— Joker also commented on Florida’s defense, which is known to be a little rough. “They’ve got big guys…we’ve got to punch them in the mouth when they grab you, and get their hands off you.”
— Coach says that he does expect to share the same work load between Josh Clemons and CoShik Williams.
— Randy Sanders commented on how he thought the Cats played last weekend. He said, “The thing that was disappointing and shocking was that we had some older guys bust some really simple things, some things that they had done a hundred times. When you get a guy that does something a hundred times right and suddenly goes out on Saturday and does it wrong…that’s what you search for answers for.”
— Mike Summers is disappointed in where the Cats are but he is trying to keep his spirits up. He said, “They have some really talented defensive linemen…every team in this league does. The challenge is to be greater each week. Certainly that is where our concern is, is that our struggle have been against teams that aren’t as good as we are going to play. ”
— La’Rod King feels “pretty confident” about the upcoming conference opener. Despite what Joker said…La’Rod said, “We had a great practice today. We are using that loss to Louisville as motivation, we never want to feel that feeling again….we’ve have got to step it up 110%.”
— King also says that he knows Floridas defense is going to be physical but he knows how to handle it he, “its going to be a dog fight…if they are going to try and smack us we’re going to smack ‘em back.”
— Morgan Newton is excited for Florida. Newton said, “this is what you come to this conference for is to play the best teams and Florida is absolutely going to be one of the better defenses we play… we really got to get ready to play cause this is what we came here for.”
— Morgan felt that everybody’s attitudes were where they needed to be during practice. He thinks everybody went out there today trying to get better and trying to improve.
— Morgan is focusing on his running game, which averaged a little over a yard per carry last Saturday. Newton knows the running game has to improve saying, “it’s a whole offensive effort…we’ve got to tighten it up and we have got to get better.”
— Billy Joe Murphy, Matt Smith, and Larry Warford were all practicing today and appeared to be in good condition. Danny Trevanthan did not practice. Joker said they are “trying to protect him and keep him healthy.”
So, today wasn’t a great practice, we know Florida is good, and the Cats have a lot of work ahead of them. The Cats seem to be taking the loss from last week and using it as motivation. Everyone is the same page about upping the ante for the rest of this week’s practice. It’s time to RISE and show the SEC what we are made of… GO CATS!