After yesterday’s physical practice, Kentucky’s coaches dialed down the intensity a bit on Wednesday. Coach Phillips still wanted to see completed assignments, fast play, and most of all, execution. That’s exactly what he got.
-“Our execution got better. We got some work to do, but we’re closer.” Phillips said.
-When asked if the team was ready for Sunday’s game, Phillips responded with “I’m ready, but I don’t have to run into people. I think the team’s ready.”
–Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow are in a dead heat for third string QB, according to Phillips. He said whoever win the position will get a special package for them, but it probably won’t be shown on Sunday.
-As far as a Wildcat package, Phillips wants to run it, and said the team will. He has a guy in mind, but wouldn’t say who.
-For Kentucky to stop Louisville’s offense, Phillips thinks the defense has to stop them from stretching the field. He cited three big plays in last year’s game that prevent them from coming away with a win.
-There is a 70% chance of rain in Louisville on Sunday, but Phillips kind of embraced it. “We don’t care what the weather is. We are just ready to play.” Weather could be a huge factor for the Wildcats, and might even be able to help come away with a victory.
–DC Rick Minter wants to do more things with his defense this year, especially with his starters. In year two of his scheme, he thinks the players are more equipped to do so.
-Minter said that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is the “real deal.” Last year, Minter thought Bridgewater was just pretty good, but the tape shows that he’s outstanding.
-Minter expects a lot out his defensive line, especially stopping the run. “They are full grown men. It’s time to step up.”
-The defensive line is undoubtely the strength of the defense and DT Donte Rumph credits that to the bond the players have. According to him, the are the tightest group on the team and like to do everything together.
-Rumph wants the team to keep the momentum going after last year’s win against Tennessee. When asked about the importance of the Louisville game, he said it’s a little more important this year because it’s the very first game of the season.