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Tuesday Practice Report

Today’s practice report courtesy of KSR student reporter Caroline Hall…

In his usual after practice press conference UK head football coach Joker Phillips talked about how he is trying to get The Cats ready for their first away game of the season against LSWHO, how he is trying to pick up the tempo during this weeks practice, and working on all the issues we saw against Flo-rida. I also caught up with offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and players Morgan Newton, La’Rod King, and CoShik Williams to see how they are feeling after last weeks loss and how they are preparing to go up against the tigers.

– It was a pretty good practice…Joker said that he shook things up a little bit by running more two versus ones in order to get better looks and better tempo.

– LSU is fast, aggressive, strong….we get it. In order to prepare our defense for Saturday Joker said that he is running more “down hill stuff.” He knows that LSU will be intimidating and physical. Coach says, they will work more aggressively against each other during the remaining practices this week.

– Coach Joker says he can definitely tell a significant difference in the offensive line in this weeks practice. He believes that the guys have gotten a lot cleaner and more comfortable with each other. It sounds like they are realizing that a team who works together wins together. This realization may be a little late but they are finally starting to get it…thank god.

– The offensive line clearly needs a leader Randy Sanders says, “Morgan has tried to assume that role, and a leader has to come out and has to work hard everyday.” Morgan is not exactly where Sanders wants him to be but he feels that once Morgan gets there the rest of the offense will follow.

– The offense has a lot of things they need to work on in this weeks practice. Coach Sanders said, “We have got to address the turn overs, we have to address the drops, we got to hit open guys, we can’t have ten guys doing it right and one guy not doing it right with every play…it’s not one specific area that’s hurting us right now.”

Morgan Newton said that it was “unfortunate” how fast the game against Florida got out of control. Morgan says that he thinks his teammates are “responding well, people are continuing to come out here and get better…guys are playing well we’ve got to continue to improve.”

– I’m not sure if it’s “bad fortune” or just a bunch of small things falling apart that is the reason of our offensive players shotty job…actually I do know. The turnovers killed us last Saturday and the offense wasn’t able to finish key drives. How are they trying to fix these BIG issues? Morgan says they are trying to secure the ball more, value possession, and make better decisions offensively.

– A lot of pessimistic people have already written The Cats off, but Morgan isn’t listening. He “feels like if we execute and put drives together, don’t turn the ball over, convert third and short” they will actually have a chance against the tigers.”

La’Rod King is mad that it takes a spanking from Florida for his fellow teammates to get motivated. He thinks “its definitely a mental thing” that is causing his fellow players to drop balls “everyone here can catch that’s what they were recruited for…we have a lot of young guys, and when you get to that game the atmosphere is totally different when you play against a SEC school, and its something that comes with experience, you’ve got to come out and play your hardest…110 percent.”

La’Rods message to the offensive line is “every team in the SEC is fast, strong, big…just keep playing, play your next play, your going to have ups you’re your downs…just play your next play don’t get down on your self.”

– CoShik Williams knows their first away game is going to be tough but he thinks its going to be a “good environment to play in…they are the number one team and they will have the crowd behind them. But we are going to try and come out and gain momentum from the start.” Williams said The Cats are trying to pull together and push each other more during the remaining practices this week.

– Even though it was the first time Mike Douglas saw any game play he impressed the coaches in the game against Florida. Joker says he likes Mikes energy he had going in the game and says that Douglas has enough awareness to get plays made. With Ukwu being out, it looks like Douglas will be starting.

Clemons did not practice with the team but he did practice individually with fellow running backs

Well, it seems like The Cats don’t like losing and it’s showing during practice. It appears everyone has practiced with better attitudes, a different work ethic, and more determination to get a W this week. Offense has been trying to work on ALL the issues and defense is trying to be more aggressive. How practice goes for the rest of the week will determine if we have a chance against LSU. Come on CATS!! We got this…you just have to believe! GO CATS!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

31 Comments for Tuesday Practice Report

    6:05 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This post was wasted space. UK football sucks. Bring on the BIG BLUE MADNESS!!

  2. tdogg4033011
    6:08 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    SexnNursinHomes ….. you still gonna get me some BBM tickets??

  3. Dave in Bangkok
    6:19 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    They still suck.

    Because of THE JOKE…

  4. BigAbes4UK
    6:20 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I read “It was a pretty good practice…” and stopped. This season is over and the whole team knows it. I will still watch and support these guys but we are just outgunned this year.

  5. Judd
    6:23 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    They practice?

  6. dead horse
    6:37 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    score lsu 60 uk 3
    Move along nothing to see here.

  7. Believe
    6:38 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I believe…we lose to Louisville ok that was bad. We make bad mistakes at bad times against Florida but UK fans are awful. We show up late and leave early. Support the team and shut up. If we lose the rest of the season I will still support our team. I also remember the fire Rich Brooks crap that happen before we gave him a chance. Just believe. Make it fun. I mean who wants to go into every game and say we are going to lose. We might lose, but if we win what are the hatred going to say then. Go

  8. just saying
    6:51 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    a great practice and great preparation means UK will only allow 65 points, while scoring 6. We suck and the more I hear Joker talk, the less faith I have that he knows what he’s doing. If he looks at this team in practice and says things like “Morgan Newton is remarkably improved over the bowl game”, and “Our offensive line will be the strength”, and “Our defense is much improved”, then its probably because he doesnt have anything to compare it to.

    This guy is in over his head

  9. what?
    6:54 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    he needs to run more “uphill” stuff because thats the battle he’s facing in keeping his job

  10. get real
    6:55 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    If UK improves 1000% and LSU has a bad night, we still lose by 21

  11. Collie
    7:01 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Blah, blah, blah… SOS! Maybe they’ll be ready for Jacksonville, maybe….

  12. KevinC
    7:09 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    We talkin’ ’bout PRACTICE?

    To be honest, practice is the ONLY place this team is going to be competitive. Maybe they should start televising those instead….might be more entertaining for the fans.

  13. Justin G.
    8:10 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    7, quit being blind! It will take our fans revolting, for the UK admin to get the picture! Going to games, and spending money will only line the pockets of the UK admin. If Joker, was a real coach, UK’s players would not be having problems receiving, blocking, or throwing. Joker, just loves covering up reality, for you look at what UK is working on, compared to other teams, and our fan base knows we are screwed.

    8:11 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I hope and pray that Les Miles tells his boys to try and score 100 points. But chances are he’ll call off the dogs probably early 3rd quarter and UK will end up losing by 30 or so. I’d love to see LSU blast us by about 100 points. That would be an automatic ticket out of Lexington for “JOKER the Joke.”

  15. Cosmic Wrangler
    8:14 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Jesus….we’ll freakin lose to OPEN!!!

    8:17 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Yawn! Wake me when this “joke” is over.

  17. BFrey
    8:20 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This season is about as bad as the grammar in this post.

  18. univky
    8:26 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t believe any receiver should all out any other position….just saying

    8:35 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    UK Football Wish List

    Commonwealth Stadium:
    – Updated Concourse from top to bottom…
    – Ky Football Museum… Can make room somewhere… maybe where the little ticket stand is
    – Official Wildcat Merchandise Store, instead of all of the little stands
    – Update everything… it is so old and boring
    – TV’s inside the concourses… big nice ones
    – Banners in the concourses…
    – Club Seating
    – Few more luxury boxes
    – Cup Holders
    – A stone wall outside Commonwealth with all of the UK Football Greats…
    – Nicer landscape around the stadium…
    – Recruiting room

    – Big time coach: John Gruden, Urban Myer, big time man big time
    – Recruit the big time players… just do it

  20. Jimmy Buffett
    9:20 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink


  21. Jimmy Buffett
    9:24 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    post it

  22. john4uk
    9:26 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    When this team starts playing and competing,then maybe fans will start listening.Right now none of us has any reason to believe anything thats being said by the players or the coaching staff.The team should back their words up with action.Talk is cheap.

    9:30 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    UK Football Wish List Cont.

    – AIR RAID!
    – Relentless Defense… Baltimore Ravens type defense
    – Creativity on offense
    – A legit, top contender in the SEC!
    – Continuous 8+ Wins per Season… raise the bar so there is something to achieve. Like basketball we expect to go to the Final Four every year… well d*** it we need to be winning some football games boys!

  24. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:43 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe, since UK practices in the morning they will be more ready to play in a noon time game. UK has not play 1 game for a whole 4 quarters in the last 2 years.

    10:11 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Meow meow with all the whining…
    I’ll be in Baton Rouge Saturday!
    GO CATS!

  26. bigbluecats350
    11:24 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    The receivers will be the first to get their flu shots before anyone. They decided why start catching anything now. In years past atleast most fans were optimistic that we could have a slight chance against the top tier teams and that includes me. Now almost all fans just say to hell with the whole season and this fl, lsu, sc stretch will show why UK football has taken 20 steps back. The best info that comes out of practice is a bunch of common sense crap

  27. DTE
    11:38 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Trolls be trollin’

  28. Joker sucks
    12:00 am September 28, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t blame Joker. Instead go blame the fans who sit in the stands and fill up the stadium year after year, only to watch UK get humiliated. As long as the bleachers are full, the UK bank account is full. Let 20,000 people show up to the next home game and see how fast Joker cleans out his office!!

  29. TheNewOriginal
    9:54 am September 28, 2011 Permalink

    Comparing the people wanting rid of Joker to the Brooks critics are apples and oranges. Brooks came in under probation with other’s players – Not the case with Joker. In any case, I hope we see the real team this week.

  30. gimp419
    11:43 am September 28, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know why I read the comments sections…you could offer a “big time” coach 100 million and he’s not coming to UK to coach football. Our football program is not our basketball program people. If you’re a basketball fan and expect instant gratification from the football team then you need to find another FB team to cheer for. I’m not saying that Joker is the answer or the problem, but I plan on giving him a chance. That means more than 2 seasons. The coach doesn’t drop balls, or miss reads, blocks or tackles does he? If the Basketball team shoots 20% from the field is that Cal’s fault? At some point these young men are going to “take the diapers off” and make some plays…plain and simple.

  31. Jaws2
    11:51 am September 28, 2011 Permalink

    really Beisner, “Turnovers killed us last Saturday”? Where do you come up with this drivel? Turnovers didn’t kill us, Florida killed us. You don’t seriously think that this game would have had any other outcome less turnovers do you? That’s laughable. If that’s the case, I guess if we have no turnovers against LSU we’ll be right in it. I don’t know what you’re on, but you need to get off of it.