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Tuesday Football Practice Notes

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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!

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

20 Comments for Tuesday Football Practice Notes



  1. Lester
    5:32 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    49-7 Florida



  2. 2020
    5:41 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I wish Joker would talk in more detail, other than “good practice” and “they’ve got big guys”. Reminiscent of Gillispie. Talks to us like we’re dummies. Dummies that pay his salary. Shame as I had higher hopes for Joker.



  3. Poco Chang
    5:43 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    “This guy is a pro style quarter back that’s running a pro style offense….and does a good job at it.”

    Why does it take every one of our QBs and WRs three years to learn our system, but other team’s players can learn an entirely new system in one fall? Huh?



  4. Moses
    5:54 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Haha.. The whole “we’ve got to get better” is the new “we weren’t tough enough”



  5. That Gator Ate My Wildcat
    5:56 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Joker, “no worries”?



  6. FU of LOL
    5:57 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Can KSR just forget about posting football news? Kentucky sucks and always has. This post is nothing more than a reminder that we have ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE of not only beating Florida, but ever being an SEC contender. It just bums me out. We saw nothing but crap, then more crap, then exciting crap when Mumme was there. Then some huge wins under papaw Brooks, and now it’s back to crap. My grandmother could out-scheme the offense UK runs. It’s absolutely pathetic. Granny defensive coordinator could pin the tail on the donkey and get the next play UK runs at least half the time. We might as well bring Bill Curry back, along with the freakin option pitch.

    How about some basketball news…



  7. catnuts
    5:58 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I’m afraid we are in for a long season. Joker was made the coach in waiting to keep the continuity of the program. To build on what Rich Brooks had built. What did he do? He tore down what took Brooks years to build by firing a staff that had brought us back from the low of lows. Joker is getting what he deserves.



  8. catnuts
    6:09 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I am almost 52 years old and have been following UK football as long as I can remember. For the first time ever, Rich Brooks had me believing that we had a chance to win every game. I Knew that we weren’t going to win them all but I knew that we would win the ones we should and also win a few that we shouldn’t, and we had a chance to be competitive in all of them. For the first time that I could remember, when we fell behind, I still believed that we had a chance to win the game. For the first time ever, I didn’t expect us to find a way to blow the game when we had a lead late in the game. That is what is so frustrating to me, now its back to the old days all over again. Instead of building on something that was going in the right direction, Joker decided to go in an entirely different direction and I’m afraid that new direction is backwards.



  9. JROD
    6:19 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Im not ready to give up on this team, I think that they will look better as the season progresses. Play calling needs to change but all of this negativity is disgusting.



  10. Drew Franklin
    6:19 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    7. – Do you want us to just make basketball news up?



  11. R U Fo Realz?
    6:30 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    The only positive I see is that EVERYBODY thinks UK is going to get smoked and usually when that is the case, weird stuff starts to happen. Hopefully UF comes and thinks they can just throw their jerseys out there and win, and perhaps we can capitalize on that.



  12. Jim_Rome
    6:54 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Give it a rest KSR. UK Football is a joke and is not relevant beyond the family of team members and coaches.

    Get back to basketball!



  13. UKGoBigBlue
    7:06 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Will someone please go smack Joker in the head or at least put a muzzle on him !! No worries; this dude is totally delusional !! Joker go away, you’re an idiot who has no idea what you’re doing. No worries



  14. Han
    7:10 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Joker would earn a lot of respect around here if he goes for some trick plays. We all know we don’t have the execution and talent right now to beat Florida nose-to-nose, so he needs to stop acting like we can compete that way with the top of the SEC. The team needs confidence, and letting a guy score 5 or 6 TDs last year for Florida didn’t make anyone feel good. Get some confidence, then play more straight up.

    Whether to start the first or second half, go for the onside kick, Joker. If we get a chance to score a field goal before they get the ball, fake it. 3 points will not scare Florida. A fake FG for an easy TD will put them a little on their heels, though.

    Most importantly, though. When we get into the red zone, don’t break the rhythm. If we’re going no huddle, keep doing it.



  15. Joker Sucks
    7:16 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I love UK, but I can’t stand seeing us lose year after year after year after year…………… Florida will absolutely kick the dog shaft out of us. They have much more speed, much bigger, stronger players, much more depth and a MUCH MUCH better coach. Joker flat out sucks. Plain and simple. And Morgan Newton does too and so does Macaskill and Roark and Boyd and the rest of them. Florida will roll like old times……… 62-7



  16. UKGoBigBlue
    7:38 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    No Worries

    National Rankings

    Rushing Yards: UK #83 Vandy #42 IU #49 UL #64 WKU #73

    Total Offense: UK is #104 IU #43 UL #61 Vandy #91 WKU #101

    Total Passing: UK is #102 IU# 39 UL# 40 WKU# 96 Vandy# 105

    3rd Down Conversions: UK is #85 IU #1 UL #17 WKU #61 Vandy #113

    1st Downs: UK is #98 IU #25 UL #63 Vandy #100 WKU #103



  17. Laker Cat 18
    7:41 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    11. Yes please. And make it funny like your TAWWTTW articles. Thanks man. Go Cats!



  18. Heard It All Before
    8:16 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #2 Take away the 7 and that’s the halftime score. We are lucky they don’t take away points for safties, or we would have -14. Joker is going to line up and run right at them, so we will have 12 yards of offense at halftime. And that will be on a pass that is deflected, and caught by Hines. Where is Elliot Uzelak(?)when you need him?



  19. radtech04
    8:56 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t get local news, so football news is welcom from KSR. i enjoy it because I can get in on the i hate joker conversations at work because i am kept informed by KSR. I can look at what a idiot is coaching our football team. No direspect to our players,