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UK Football Spring Practice Notes


Coach Joker Phillips held a brief press conference after today’s spring practice. With only six practice until the Blue/White game on Saturday, April 21st the team continues to figure out their individual roles and grasp scheme concepts. Phillips and his team are preparing for a scrimmage in Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow morning. This is the second of three scrimmages that the team will have before the Blue and White game. Here are a few notes from today:

-Running back CoShik Williams (shoulder) was limited in practice today and will likely sit out of the scrimmage tomorrow. Phillips is confident that Raymond Sanders and Johnathan George will be able to pick up the slack. He often calls tailback the deepest position on the team.

-Coach Phillips said that the idea of these scrimmages are to find out who the potential playmakers are, and to give a chance for players to impress coaches.

-Joker identified wideout Demarco Robinson as the number one kick returner going into the season.

– Joker spoke highly of linebacker Bud Dupree and said he’s not only a great athlete, but a great kid. Dupree is leading a study group of his History 109 class, which Phillips thinks not only shows his maturity, but his responsibility in the classroom.

-Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter shared the same sentiments about Dupree and also WLB Malcolm McDuffen. He believes both these guys have the talent to be the heir apparent to the great linebacker tradition that Kentucky has had over the past five years.

-Minter also said that it’s hard to identify what the output will be by each player when the season starts and stressed that spring practice is about learning schemes and getting better in individual positions.

-Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders called Darryl Collins the complete package at the wideout position. He thinks he has all the physical tools to be a great player, but needs to get tougher mentally.

-As one of the more experienced players on the defense, safety Mikie Benton is trying to do his part to help out. One of the major things he said is trying to help the younger players out with understanding the playbook. He also talked about emphasizing effort, and teaching technique as well.

-Benton added that when everything comes together and everyone gets the playbook down pact this is going to be a fun defense to watch.

Here is Joker’s presser in full:



On, On, U of K.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

39 Comments for UK Football Spring Practice Notes

  1. Crazy Karl
    5:02 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Fun defense to watch? Yeah, if you’re the opposing offense.

  2. Argentium
    5:08 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Ho hum lah de dum.

  3. I Wonder...
    5:15 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I Wonder… Do you think joker comes right out and says “alright guys, we’re shooting for at least 6 wins this season. That shold be good enough to keep the fans content and my job safe for another year.”

  4. Beavis
    5:16 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I smell two wins

  5. I Say
    5:18 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been looking forward to watching Demarco Robinson and Malcom Mcduffen. Ive Heard good things thus far.

  6. DB11
    5:23 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    So.. we’re back to this are we? Where’s November when you need it

  7. Kim
    5:39 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Please relieve Joker of his duties. We don’t have a very good home schedule, and we will be lucky to go 5-7 this year, maybe 4-8.

    Barnhart made a big mistake by not hiring Leach. Now we are stuck with another losing football season. But yet the Mens and Womens Basketball, Baseball and Mens Tennis teams are awesome. You figure out the weak link.

  8. SeoulCat
    5:41 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, look at it this way: at least we know Bobby Petrino will be available after the season!

  9. SeoulCat
    5:43 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #7, don’t forget that the Bat Cats are ranked #1!

  10. Fire joker now
    5:47 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    What channel is derby classic on in louisville

  11. Homer Simpson
    5:51 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink



  12. Maxwell
    5:52 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m very excited about Football this year. I think going 6-6 and making a bowl game is very realistic and will help us build up again.

  13. rjr
    6:20 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I couldn’t care less about this team. I have been a HUGE football fan for 20 years. But I’m done as long as Joker is there and the administration continues to not care about football. And by the way Mitch, that doesn’t mean I believe you don’t care if they win or lose. It means you won’t put any money into the program.

  14. Big Daddy
    6:21 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah we hear you Joker. Like when you said all last spring how good Morgan was looking and how we would be surprised. Well, we were. It’s obvious you can’t judge talent so I hope your assistants are working hard.

  15. C-A-T-Z
    6:27 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Not done with UK football…yet- hoping for a Bowl Game, but realistic.

  16. Drew
    6:30 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hey the players read these comments. Go Cats!

  17. Dave in Kabul
    6:48 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky Football…YAAAAAAWWWWNNN

    Get ready for a HUGE……absolutely HUGE……4 win season.


  18. Isleptwithyourmama
    7:26 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    We still play football?

  19. Mr. Jagerbomb
    7:30 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m 48 years old and i hope i get to see KY football in the SEC championship game 1 time before i croak.Its not lookin good.

  20. Clam
    7:52 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    What is this “foot ball” that you speak of? It looks hard to dribble and won’t fit in a basket very easily.

  21. Hartline
    7:54 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sigh.. The fire joker stuff has only grown since every other sports team at UK is somewhat good.

  22. Operation Ruse
    8:37 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yada yada yada…bigger stronger faster, playmakers everywhere. Pass the look test. Best team speed in history. Any word on Patterson and Lucas?

    8:58 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    One of these days Joker is going to figure it out and I’m going to be laughing at you haters the same way I’m laughing at the ones who said Cal can recruit but he can’t coach.

  24. 44 Stitches
    9:14 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m ready for some football.

  25. LS
    9:19 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares basketball season year around BBN

  26. Big O
    9:28 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    UK Football – OUCH!

  27. Gasp
    9:42 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    22- Lucas just signed with Florida. This may mean that Patterson becomes a Gaytor

  28. Coop
    10:17 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Looking forward to Football… Max smith is going to be good, defense will be better(mintor’s a beast), but the fans gotta stop comparing ky to Fla… We have great basketball… But we havent always(every year) been great (those years the haters… People on this blog) complained because pitino, smith, gilespie, Cal hadnt won it all enough times. If ur gonna bitch and moan please stop watching football! If we had leach we would be limited
    Too!! We arent goin to be fla….
    Stop whining.

    PEACE… And still a ky football fan.

  29. WalkingThruNerlens
    11:15 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Football? We talkin bout football? Not basketball, not basketball, not at UK, not at UK. We talkin bout football man

  30. SuperCats
    12:50 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Bring back Tim Couch as coach
    or Big Boy!

  31. CatsForever
    1:07 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Please no more football until Joker Gillespie is gone!

  32. Joker P
    1:47 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Someone pls fire me. I suck. I’m a joke.

    This year we are Operation Do Just Enough to Retain My J-O-B!!!

  33. Joker P
    1:48 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Gillispie did a better job with the Basketball Program than I’m doing with Football. Admit it! You love me. You really love me.

  34. Joker P
    1:49 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I’m RICH! B*TCH!!!

    You guys are just mad because I’m slammin’ more Co-ed cooch than all of ya!!!

  35. Joker P
    1:50 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I predict 3 wins!

  36. Joker P
    1:51 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    #28 Coop, you’re an idiot. I don’t even believe that bullsh*t!

    TLT had a better chance of winning a Final Four with his own players than I have of having another winning season at UK.

  37. Joker P
    1:52 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Minter is a beast. He’s diggin’ your daughters. I throw him my cast offs.

  38. mores
    10:36 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Sad to see this negativity. There are dozens of programs that have struggled as much or more than we have and whose fans aren’t sarcastic crybabies. Hell, pre-Spurrier South Carolina was probably worse than us overall and they still have 80,000+ every game and unrelenting optimism. Now look where they are.

    Maybe it’s the shadow of basketball, the shadow of the SEC, or the rising success of some of our other programs. I don’t know. But our fans are far more whiny than peer school’s fans, and it sucks.

  39. Cats Hangin' #8
    2:49 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink