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Tuesday’s Football Practice Notes

Today was head coach Joker Phillips’ day off from his media responsibilties. In his place were the team’s coordinators, Rick Minter and Randy Sanders. Minter (above) discussed the youth of his defense, the problems he saw vs. Arkansas, and the emergence of Cody Quinn. Take a look.


QB Patrick Towles (high-ankle sprain) was fully dressed in today’s practice but did not participate. Sanders is “not counting on” having Towles vs. Georgia, but, with about six weeks left in Kentucky’s season, it looks like he will be available at some point in the future. Sanders said Towles was at practice mostly to continue his learning process in case he does see the field again.

-Sanders was encouraged with some things he saw from QB Morgan Newton in his relief of QB Jalen Whitlow. Sanders thinks that Newton needs to “be in the mix” when it comes to Kentucky’s quarterback position because of his experience and knowledge of the playbook.

-Losing QB Maxwell Smith was undoubtedly a crushing blow for an offense that showed early promise statistically. Sanders said the offense pretty much changed entirely. “Losing [Smith] made us get away from what we really do well as an offense.”

-Facing Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson last week and UGA’s Aaron Murray this week would be a big challenge for any defense, but it’s especially tough for one with so much youth in their secondary. DB coach Mike Cassity said he’s never seen anything like it his 37 years of coaching. “When I was at Marshall we had to start two freshmen cornerback one year, but I’ve never been a part of something this extreme.”


-With CB Cartier Rice‘s status for Georgia in doubt, Kentucky would be forced to start two freshmen at cornerback in Cody Quinn and Fred Tiller or JD Harmon. Coaches are excited about what they’ve seen from Quinn so far, though. Phillips sung his praises yesterday and Minter reiterated how great he’s played in today’s press conference.

-Georgia’s offense is one that can hurt you both running and passing the football. When DL coach David Turner was asked what, if anything, his group was honing on in going into this game he had this to say: “We get a mad Georgia team coming in, and I think they’ll be on a mission but we have to play our best football, too. You can’t really focus on specifically stop anything, you just have to be ready for anything they throw at you.”

-In the past three years, DE/LB Bud Dupree has played three different positions. LB Avery Williamson thinks Dupree will eventually be a great player, but that it’ll take time for him to learn new positions.

-Williamson was asked if there would be any added motivation for the team because it’s homecoming weekend and he doesn’t think so. “We know this is our last chance to be bowl-eligible so that’s always motivation but we just want to win.”


Article written by Rashawn Franklin

31 Comments for Tuesday’s Football Practice Notes

  1. bigbluejon
    3:04 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Caption that Minter pic. I’m going with “Look, I don’t know how I still have a job either!”

  2. theWilkman
    3:04 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    “We know this is our last chance to be bowl-eligible”

    Funny guy

  3. bigbluejon
    3:08 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Also, somebody needs to tell Randy Sanders when we’re down 40 points to just throw the damn ball. I mean what’s the worst that can happen?

  4. Bigcat76
    3:08 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    #2 you beat me to it

  5. can't wait
    3:10 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    “Today was head coach Joker Phillips’ day off from his media responsibilties.”

    All other days appear to be his day off from coaching responsibilities. Can’t wait to read, “Today head Coach Joker Phillips was relieved of all of his coaching responsiblities.”

  6. schwing
    3:11 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    morgan newton should play because of his knowledge of the playbook? ok. and every dorky gynecologist could be a p0rn star because of their knowledge of the female anatomy.

  7. theWilkman
    3:11 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    4 – His ability to say it with a straight face takes a lot of control. SNL has a few open spots, he should try out.

  8. schwing
    3:11 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    yes! i beat the moderation filter by changing the “o” to a zero!

  9. Dupree says
    3:13 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve only been playing here a year and a half.

  10. George Jetson
    3:15 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Joker couldn’t be there he and Barney are off to Wyomming to do some fishing like in Brokeback Mountain.

  11. STEVE!
    3:16 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Newton’s Season Stats

    10 carries for 41 yards, with a long run of 24
    9 for 26 with three INTs passing for 69 yards with a QB Rating of 33.83.

    He may be a great guy, but I’m not sure that his knowledge of the playbook helps much.

  12. justin
    3:20 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Let la’rod king play quarterback… It worked at tenesse

  13. justin
    3:21 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink


  14. Dee Sanders
    3:22 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    “Losing [Smith] made us get away from what we really do well as an offense.” – Coach Joker Phillips. — Based on this alone he needs to get fired. What was it that we “do really well as on offense.” exactly? The only thing I saw that this team do WELL was throw screen passes. Bubble screens, wr screens, hb screens. OTher than that the offense was terrible. Losing Maxwell shouldn’t hinder our ability to throw screens. The difference between when we lost Max and now is that the schedule has gotten more difficult and now our glaring weaknesses are getting exposed all the way around. Its amazing what a couple of screen passes will do for a player’s stats. Maxwell was leading the SEC in passing at one point, completing basically no real downfield passes.

  15. Step Up
    3:26 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Great opportunity for our young SEC athletes to step up and make an impression. The time is now, you are here, it’s what you wanted. Step up or in the future be careful what you ask for.

  16. Step up for what?
    3:33 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    #15 What are they stepping up for? To show the school they will soon transfer to how good they can be? You guys think its bad now? Wait til some of these young guys bolt to greener pastures. UK will fire Joker, not be able to hire anyone decent (no they aren’t going to pony up $4 mill per year!), our Junior/Senior class is already decimated, and a bunch of the younger guys will leave. Who in his right mind is gonna come take this job??? LOL We are automatically in for at least 5 years futility at bare minimum.

  17. Step up for what?
    3:35 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    ^Oops in #16, I meant to say “5 MORE years futility at bare minimum”. You can add it to the 60 plus years of futility in our past.

  18. Bigcat76
    3:42 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    #14 Nice. That is know as the Tim Couch argument.

  19. Davetv
    3:43 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    our coaching staff is clueless …

  20. bluebarnes
    3:46 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t funny to hear Minter and defense in the same sentence. That’s as close to defense as he can get because these college qualified kids cannot undestand his type of defense. Minter needs to go back to Cincinnati.

  21. Mr Obvious
    3:50 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Smith was the QB against WKU wasn’t he? And we still lost? That’s what I thought.

  22. MVP
    3:54 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    You can get a really good indication of your football team when you know that the punter is the MVP. I think that pretty much says it all.

  23. Jack Nicklaus
    4:05 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    How about speaking the truth?! Like…”we have watched film of them Dawgs and have no clue how to attack them offensively or defensively, so we’re going to keep trying the same ole crap.” “so 20 straight scoreless first quarters is the record? We gonna break it this week.” “We predict we may cross mid-field in the 3rd quarter after

  24. Jack Nicklaus
    4:05 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    …after they have put in their 3rd-4th stringers and walk-ons.”

  25. Steve Brown
    5:15 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Defense still sucks I see? I wasn’t this bad…..well I was, but not any worse…..and Joker sucks too.

  26. Omg
    5:42 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink


    Mitch and to save joker tards r using the uk has the hardest schedule in the country and injuries already as excuses

    Lmfao !!!!!!

    You poor poor uk football fans! Your mentally retar$ed AD is going to keep joker Lololololol

    I feel so bad for u all!


  27. goUKats
    5:51 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hell #24,if Georgia had an offensive unit made up of walk-ons,UKs’ pourous defense would make them look like pros,and they ,Ga., would win the game by at least 4 tds.

  28. FYI
    5:56 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    For those of you that think that the UK football program is beyond saving here’s a stat for you. In the 2010, 2009, & 2008 seasons UK lost 3 of its games in each season by one possession, in the 2007 & 2006 seasons there were 2 games in each season lost by one possession. all of those were against SEC competition and with a good not great coaching staff and talent that had to be developed instead of just recruited. In the 2012(so far) and 2011 seasons there have been one total loss by one possession and that was wku. The problem isn’t uk its whatever joker has done to change the program since the end of his first year. With a great coaching staff( as in talented coordinators with good chemistry) and a good scheme a coach could win 7 games a year without to much effort. With a little work and luck uk could have consecutive 8 to 9 win seasons( not BCS bowl worthy but more than respectable). They need to fire joker and find a coach that has his act together.

  29. hard to be a fan
    6:02 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Fundamentals Rick. You are responsible. What a crock.

  30. Flip
    6:53 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait until Petrino gets here and tells Minter to GTFO.

  31. Chuck
    9:20 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe Sanders feels losing Smith caused them to change their offense. A good coach would have had a backup ready to go. Towles should have been prepared to step in regardless of what they thought they saw in practice. He’s the same type of passer as Smith. To prepare a backup that can’t pass as efficiently is typical of this coaching staff. Whitlow is obviously a fine athlete and should be used as the Wildcat, not a pocket style passer. Bring in Sonny Dykes and watch how he uses Smith and Towles. The Rev.Mitch needs to announce now that we’re looking for a new coach before Tenn.,Auburn, Arkansas and maybe even Missouri and Texas start throwing their money around.