We’ve seen goggles in India, Africa, China, and from 10,000 feet in the air, but I think this is our first underwater photo submission. Well done, ladies. Well done.
Here are your 10 from the weekend…
1. The second football scrimmage was “very, very competitive.”
Those were the words from Joker Phillips following Saturday’s scrimmage, the second and final full scrimmage of the fall. He said, “Had some huge plays, some good things out of some of these young guys. Lot of good things in the run game, lot of good things in the pass game. Defense bowed their neck and stopped them when they needed to.”
There will be special teams and situational scrimmages in practice this week. The team will have two more training camp practices on Monday and Tuesday, an off-day on Wednesday for the first day of classes, and then they’ll begin preparing for the Louisville game Thursday.
“What we have in these 16 practices gives us a chance to start figuring out who’s going to make the bus,” Phillps said. “It’s time for us to start cutting down and start getting ready for the game.”
We’re less than two weeks away…
2. Randy Sanders likes the decision making and accuracy from his quarterbacks.
Kentucky’s offensive coordinator is seeing the necessary progression from his quarterbacks. He said he saw a lot of improvement last week, as expected in the days between the two scrimmages. The guys are making good throws, and more importantly, throwing them to the right receivers.
“I’m not watching how they drop, I’m trying to watch downfield to see what they’re seeing,” he said. “For the most part, the ball was coming out to who it should have been coming out to, when it should have been coming out of their hand, so that tells me that their drops are pretty good, their eyes are in the right place.”
3. Monday could be the day Max Smith is named the starter.
There’s no need to keep putting it off. Look for Joker to make it official after Monday’s practice.
4. “The 98-yard drive.”
The highlight of Saturday’s scrimmage was a 14-play, 98-yard drive down the field for a score, led by the running game. Randy Sanders said it took a lot of guys doing the right thing to find the end zone without having a really big play.
“To be able to go 98 yards without having a 30 or 40 yard play mixed in there, you have a lot of guys doing the right thing a number of plays in a row,” he said.
Joker added, “When you rush the ball 98 yards, you’ve had some powerful runs by your backs. Fourteen plays, wasn’t any big plays, grinding it out, first down after first down after first down. All of the backs played well. Those two young freshmen (Dyshawn Mobley and Justin Taylor) have a chance to be special. We have to play them all because we know how physical it is in this league and the schedule.”
Kentucky still hopes to have a six-headed monster in the backfield.
5. Is this a really, really young Louisville basketball fan or a major parenting fail?
6. Nerlens Noel is finally on campus!
His first stop? Raising Cane’s for some chicken tenders, of course.
7. You can go back to not following Keith Clanton.
Central Florida’s best player remained loyal to the Knights and is staying in Orlando for his senior season.
His NBA future is very upset with him.
8. Julius Randle visited Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Travis Ford and his incredibly small Madisonville Maroons jersey hosted Randle for an unofficial visit to Stillwater on Sunday.
Sports Illustrated’s Frank Burlison believes Randle is strongly considering — if not flat out favoring — Kentucky.
9. Calipari posed with members of your favorite Converse denim-wearing college basketball team of all time.
That’s Mercer, Turner, Anderson, McCarty, Delk, Edwards, Sheppard and Prickett. The team was in town over the weekend for a reunion, which I assume didn’t include an appearance from Rick Pitino.
They’ll be participating in the alumni game on September 15.
10. The Campaign is hilarious.
Will Ferrell’s new flick is one of the funnier movies I’ve seen in a long time, although I’m a little bummed Mark Krebs didn’t make the final cut. KSR’s film critics give it two thumbs up.