It was “coordinator day” for the UK Media. In the video above, OC Randy Sanders talks attacking Samford, rotating his freshmen quarterbacks and how he thinks this current crop of players will fare after the staff’s dismissal. Take a Look.
–DC Rick Minter said everything is still “business as usual” with the team, even after the announcement of the coaching staff’s dismissal. “We had to rally our forces after we found out the news, but we told our team ‘Hey, we’ve got a lot of seniors to play for,’ and we’re going to give the best effort we can for them.”
-Kentucky only has five defensive seniors departing after this season. When asked about how hard it’s been to not have a ton of upperclassmen leadership, Minter said it’s been tough, especially with transitioning to a 3-4 hybrid defense from a 4-3. “To put our battle in perspective, there’s only 18 players on this current defensive roster that I approved to come to UK. Having a lack of two upper classes have made our challenge a bit greater, but our kids have done the best they can do with the circumstances.”
-Minter knows Samford’s coach Pat Sullivan from past match-ups in their careers. He calls the Bulldogs offense “balanced” and says they can hurt you with either the run or the pass.
–S Tay Neloms (hamstring) was back on the practice field today in a limited role. Minter wants to ease Neloms back into his role as starting safety so he doesn’t re-injure himself. Hamstrings are tricky, but the week off after the Missouri looks to have done Neloms some good.
-Neloms says the last few weeks have been “emotional.” He says the team has tried to stay positive as possible through everything that has taken place. Neloms says the team wants to win the last two games for Joker Phillips.
–DE Taylor Wyndham’s beard is still out of control. Wyndham, a senior, says that it hasn’t hit him yet that it’s it last game in Commonwealth Stadium. “It’ll probably hit me when I walk out the tunnel and see my mom. She’s probably be crying and I might start crying too.”
–Wyndham says he wants to be remembered as more than just the “Guy who laid a huge hit on Tim Tebow.” “I probably got a little more fame from that than I wanted. I’d rather be remembered as a guy who made plays, helped his teammates when they were down, and who was overall a good leader.”