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Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes

With only a couple of days before the Georgia Bulldogs come to town, head coach Joker Phillips met with the media to discuss a host of new things involving his football team. In today’s press conference, Phillips touched on the team’s injuries (Towles, Benton and Neloms are out vs. UGA), Jalen Whitlow’s progression in the offense, and the strengths of a talented Georgia team. Take a look.


-Kentucky’s defensive coaches continue to praise the performance of true freshman CB Cody Quinn. Quinn began his career after a number of injuries at cornerback forced him to be inserted into the starting lineup against Florida. Obviously, “the Swamp” is a tough place to begin your career, but Quinn responded well, and is now a staple in the Wildcats defense. Quinn was asked if a not-so-great performance at Arkansas would mentally hurt Kentucky’s young secondary going forward and he doesn’t believe so. “You’ve got to have a short memory after a game like that and you have to come together as an unit. We’re practicing harder now, and I think both Blaylocks (Zack and Daron) are starting to pick up the defense a little better.”

-According to OC Randy Sanders, QB Morgan Newton‘s brief relief of Whitlow in the Arkansas game was because Newton gives the offense a little more options because of his knowledge of the playbook. That’s true, but it’s not all it was for, according to Whitlow. “It gave me a chance to sit back and think. I needed to relax and calm down so I was able to go back [on the field] and play calm.”


C Matt Smith says the offensive line has not lost any faith in Whitlow as their starting QB. He believes that Whitlow is starting to grasp the offense a lot better and will show improvement going forward. “One thing about Jalen is that he has a lot of confidence. That makes us all feel good as an offense. He’s learning a lot from the injured players and he’s doing a lot of one-on-one with coach Sanders.”

-Smith calls Georgia’s defensive line “the biggest bunch we’ll see all year.” The Bulldogs’ defense features two 350-plus pound nose guards in the middle of their defense who specialize in stopping the run. So how do the Wildcats plan to establish the run game with those two guys in the middle? “It’s very important to get the running game going this week. As an offensive line, you always want to be able to establish the run game. We’ve inserted a couple new schemes that we feel good about, and hope to have some success on Saturday.”

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

19 Comments for Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes

  1. J
    2:01 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Shoot, a football post

  2. c'mon son
    2:04 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    t minus 26 until anouncement time and we have a football post.

  3. shields eyes
    2:06 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Football makes me sad.

  4. barn
    2:12 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    i had a great basketball rush going, and now this

  5. Barnhart
    2:15 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Be nice to my best good friend Joker!

  6. Fred Rogers
    2:17 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I think you guys need to ban football stories until we get a new coach and or hopefully AD. You just get my hopes up when I see a pic of Joker and it’s not him being let go. The stories about them preparing for Georgia, new schemes, etc…. is just plain sad and boring. I can’t think of anything relevant or interesting about Kentucky football and I used to be a huge fan. I’m searching for a team to follow because I love college football any ideas on who to root for?

  7. Blue4ever
    2:17 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    With the season already in the toilet why not scrap the current offense, put Newton behind center and run the veer or wishbone? What do you have to lose and maybe you can scratch out a win other than possibly beating Samford. Newton’s been a good kid on and off the field and a loyal trooper. Let him play out his career as the starter. I was here when Derrick Ramsey was the QB and believe me bad shoulder or not Newton can throw better than Derrick on his best day and we went 19-4 in those two years.

  8. BullDogBall
    2:19 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    The forecast calls for excessive pain folowed by lingering misery.Georgia ain’t no Arkansas.

  9. Breal1515
    2:19 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Only five more games left till this nightmare ends!

  10. Good Grief
    2:19 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe they will call the game again this week. It sounds like Joker and Mitch are missing some quality time together lately and they could use the last quarter for cuddling.

  11. Mr Obvious
    2:26 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Before you can run the ball you have to at least be able to threaten to pass the ball down field every once in awhile. Sander’s play calling doesn’t and can’t do that.

  12. SteveM
    2:34 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Who here would be in favor of less mid-week football bs and more basketball related topics? Vote here…..

  13. Shelby County
    2:38 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #7 said it better than I ever could. Morgan Newton is a great, great kid.

  14. UmNoItsNot
    3:08 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get the “have to establish the running game” mindset with this UK team against this UGA team. UK WILL NOT be able to establish the run, so scrap the usual system and instead use more short passes, bubble screens, halfback swing passes, quick outs and slants, etc. to somewhat neutralize the enormous size advantage UGA has on their defensive line, and then take a shot or two down the field once the secondary cheats up too much to stop the short stuff. UK should pass the ball > 75% of the time this weekend.

    I have been one of the longest Joker holdouts, but the failure to alter the game plan to meet the strengths / weaknesses of the opponent is telling – and this is coming from someone whose last year of football was as an 11 year old in pee-wee.

  15. Bizz Man
    3:28 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Sanders has got to go. In Joker’s press conference on Monday, he said exactly what Whitlow said in your article, why Newton came into the game. Sanders is a joke. How much longer should we accept being 2nd last in total offense. We are 2nd last in total offense two years in a row now.

  16. Dano
    3:43 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    We have not scored a first quarter TD in about a year and a half. I don’t think we have stopped anyone either. Against SEC schools, its because we are overmatched. Against Western, Kent, etc…it is a game plan that sucks. We could probably do better with no game plan, and the players just doing thier thing. Maybe our O line would not have as many gaps as Michael Strahans teeth.

  17. #7 All the Way
    7:49 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I too like #7’s idea. Let Newton take us home. Don’t ask him to do too much and just play the game.

  18. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    8:36 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    If UK’s O-line could block better, UK could run the ball and not have to depend on a true freshman QB’s passing. But, if they blocked better UK would not have had 2 QB’s already knocked out for the season.

  19. Beavis
    8:49 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    # 7,,,,,Ramsey throw the football ? LOL I remember watching him and his passes would tumble end over end. They did usually get to the right uniform but they sure were painful to watch. Didn’t they make a tight end out of him in the pros ???