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Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes

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.

Four days…

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

35 Comments for Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes



  1. BigBlueAces
    2:11 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Serious question: Who benefits most by bad weather?

    I would think the Cats based on our DL play at end of last year and the fact that we have a stable of RB’s. What say you?



  2. BobKYCats
    2:18 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Rain can only benefit UK. It would neutralize both passing games (especially if any of that wind finds its way up here), conceivably making this a running game.



  3. tltaworl
    2:26 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I think it is a toss up in the rain.



  4. Cats
    2:28 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I think the bad weather will put a premium on open field tackling! The team that does that the best will have the upper hand!



  5. P. Towles
    2:38 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Boy, I’m sure glad I listened to Joker and came to UK. 3rd or 4th on the depth chart, my azz. How many 4* QBs can one coach run off? Joker must think he’s Nick Sabin or Urban Meyer (only difference is those guys still have 1 or 2, 5* QBs left).



  6. UKBlue
    2:38 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Pizza Stadium has Field Turf, so rain may not be that big of a deal at least from a footing standpoint.



  7. Maxwell
    2:43 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder who will be running the Wildcat….Bookie??????



  8. WildcatFanSinceBirth
    2:44 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    5. Says the guy who has probably seen one practice like the rest of us. Towles is going to be the man, he’s going to be here four years but did you ever think it might be a good idea to give him a year to get acclimated and not send him out to get murdered by SEC Defenses. Maybe he just needs a year to get adjusted and will win the job next year. In my opinion they should red-shirt him this year and save his eligibility. In the event of an emergency they can always jerk the red-shirt off.

    I know some fans have a hatred of Joker that won’t be quenched and I know some people have already made their minds up for this season but Good God Almighty can we get behind our team for one week and hope for the best and support the kids busting their asses on the field?!?

    Proof again why there is a small…..somewhat growing percentage of the fanbase that I can’t stand!



  9. Maverick
    2:52 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Where is a good place to watch the game in Nashville?



  10. dick gosinia
    3:03 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Amen Brother!



  11. Matt May
    3:05 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    See me mean muggin’? Had to leave the argyle sweater at home today.



  12. Fan Fan
    3:06 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dead heat? This is a joke everyone has stated Whitlow has out played towels



  13. David
    3:22 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #12 – I have to agree. Whitlow came from high level football school in Alabama. Prattville would smoke Ft Thomas and for people to think Towles is ready as a Tr Frosh are idiotic.



  14. Fan Fan
    3:49 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    They would win by 6 touch Downs!
    They signed 30 to college last yr.



  15. big tim
    4:16 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    7 whitlow will be the wildcat thats my guess



  16. Mr. Towles
    4:20 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks fellas. I was ranked a little higher than my fellow freshman QB, in case yall forgot. He is good, but I’m not chop liver. And if he was nearly as good as yall are saying – HOW THE HELL DID HE GET OUTTA ALABAMA??? Yall ever heard of Bama or Auburn? Ya know, the last 3 national champions!!!

    And I appreciate you guys worry’n about my health against “SEC defences.” But guess what – UK sucked the past 2 years – and Joker told me I’d start from the start. Well, at least I’ll probably be here long after Joker is gone. Screw Joker, and all you KoolAid drinkers.



  17. Beavis
    4:40 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Lets see here,,,,,how many QB have we had hurt the last three years behind that porous O line ? If I were Towles,,,,I would want to redshirt until they get a O line that can protect the QB. Watch the game,,,,before the end of the first quarter Louisville will have 9 or 10 guys within 5 yards of the line on D.



  18. whitlow
    5:02 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    16 yeah your ranked higher but you played against easier competition ky football is crap compared to alabama football a 3 star in alabama could be a 4 star in ky



  19. Towles
    5:16 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #18 – You do realize how stupid you sound, right? Each state isn’t given 2 5*, 4 4*, 10 3* and so on. The * ranking is national, ya joker. Gosh damn, no wonder our fan base is so accepting of average success, all you people are of average intelligence. So you’re telling us that since Joker gets 2* players outa Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida – then they are really like 5* kids outa Kentucky??? How come the 5* kids from Kentucky end up at USC and other national powers – when all coaches (and you) know these kids are really only 2* athletes (in comparison).

    You KoolAid drinkers need to brace yourselves for the upcoming 5-7 (probably worse) season…



  20. EVERYONE
    5:24 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, guys, guys. Stop fighting. It doesn’t matter who Joker puts out there, Joker hasn’t prepared them or the rest of the team to win.

    Everyone supports the kids – just because some are critical of the program, doesn’t mean they are not supporting the players. Joker’s inability to get the job done is totally on him – not the fans.



  21. Beavis
    5:26 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Well said number 20



  22. Fan Fan
    5:34 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Rankings are hit and miss. If Whitlow didn’t alternate with another top QB scouts said he would have been a 4 or 5. I know for a fact Ol Miss offered and others not on the list. The other school didn’t see enough passing but that’s Prattville. Fans and alumni said Whitlow is the best out of all the QBs… don’t take it personal this is the real world



  23. Fan Fan
    5:39 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    P.S if u believe a coach would start u without u winning out in practice your not ready for this level



  24. hahaha
    6:04 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    22-23. So, you are saying that Joker stole a top flight recruit out of Alabama and neither Alabama or Auburn could figure out what your experts say – about him splitting time? He may be good – the best we have (which let’s be honest – doesn’t say much), but don’t try to feed us crap about Joker and “maybe” Ole Miss being the only ones to see and understand his talents.

    UK only got Cobb because ut didn’t offer. UK rarely gets kids that real teams want. When have we ever pulled a kid from out of state that a bigger / better school wanted?



  25. witlow
    6:05 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    yeah its rank nationally but there playing Against two different types of competition. so are you saying that ky high school has the same and as much talent as alabama highschool? cause one is watched playing in alabama and the other is watch in ky. thats the reason you cant go by rankings. not saying towles wont be a great qb in the future but he not joe montana yet like some want to make him out to be. witlow will likely be the wildcat so yeah he will play before towles



  26. thenamerobdigity
    7:36 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve seen this 1000 times… They will redshirt Towles because he is the long-term answer, they will let Whitlow play because he is an “athlete” and he will easily transition his speed and quickness to college. Towles has speed and quickness, but he is a drop back passer and a full time quarterback. If you all are members on scout you will see in the highlight tapes that Whitlow played a whole lot of receiver in high school. He wasn’t even the starter, the starter was Justin Thomas that is at Georgia Tech. In the state championship Whitlow didn’t throw a pass. Here is a link to his stats http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/IqR1c8GlGkaW46BBxumjGQ/football-fall-11/stats-jalen-whitlow.htm . He will be a player at UK but will be someone who can play other positions.

    Basically if Towles reshirts this year, it isn’t necessarily because he lost out to Whitlow. Jared Lorenzen was his mentor and told him that it is wise to redshirt. Towles long-term.



  27. Fan Fan
    8:01 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    If u listen to what is said whit low transferred into prattville and Justin Thomas was already the QB.
    Everybody has stated whit low was the best QB and Justin Thomas dad was a coach in Prattville
    The word is whit low is a better passer and learned the offense faster than towles. As for Prattville they are a running team. Not a knock on towles but players talk. Towles is the least talented of the 4 QBs. Alabama and Auburn don’t recruit the state they recruit the nation so they pass on a lot of players and they just missed on whit low is what a scout told some media. Don’t take this wrong but Prattville is night and day from the slow Kentucky high school programs. They have lineman that’s better athletes that



  28. Fan Fan
    8:12 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    They also passed up on Rogers and Brady! Not exactly 4 star recruits



  29. Armchair
    8:23 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Whitlow will run the Wildcat this season. He will back up Smith next season. Number 27 your comments are spot on. Whitlow can pass and had 650 yards passing and
    0 interceptions in Alabama last year. Whitlow averaged 5 yards per carry and ran over people like a steam roller last year. He isn’t playing wide receiver, he will be the quarterback of the future. Joker and company lucked out on this one!



  30. thenamerobdigity
    8:52 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    27 yeah all but Trinity



  31. thenamerobdigity
    8:56 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    27 And when you say “players talk” … Which players?



  32. thenamerobdigity
    8:59 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Remember when Bookie came in? This happens all the time people. They recruit players and promise them a shot at QB, then they get there and they end up at a different position. Russell Sheppard, Michael Bush, Bookie Cobbins to name a few.

    I have read enough about football online to realize that sources need to be revealed for me to believe them.



  33. Fan Fan
    9:11 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Whitlow is no bookie He is a QB not a wildcat package. I saw him play and he doesn’t look to run he is a pocket guy. Malzahn was one of the few that didn’t get fooled by the stats Malzahn brough Whitlow to the iron bowl last yr while at Auburn. He was going to offer until he found out he was leaving. He recruited Whitlow hard. I was told cam newton even called to help



  34. thenamerobdigity
    9:24 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    You keep leaving out sources



  35. thenamerobdigity
    9:58 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    What game did you see him? There are tons of recruits that go to games to check places out. Look I hope that Whitlow is the real deal like you say he is, but all of this conversation is hearsay.