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Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes

With only a couple days until Kentucky travels to Missouri for the first time since 1965, head coach Joker Phillips met with the media to discuss everything going on with his football team. First, the injuries situation looks a little better for Saturday’s game. S Tay Neloms practiced in a limited role, but should be able to go versus the Tigers. CB Cartier Rice, who re-aggravated a hip injury versus Georgia, practiced fully and G Zach West was held out. The biggest news today is that QB Patrick Towles practiced today and, according to Phillips, took a lot of reps. Phillips doesn’t know exactly how the rotation will be come Saturday, but thinks it will be similar to the Mississippi State game where Towles and Jalen Whitlow split series. Phillips also touched on Mizzou’s offense, Towles performance in practice, and the limited playing time of the young wide receivers, Sweat and Legree. Have a look.


-Since QB Maxwell Smith went down with an ankle injury, Kentucky has wanted to be a dominant run team. After a couple games struggling to do so, things finally broke for the Wildcats last Saturday against Georgia. The Wildcats rushed for 200-plus yards and RB Jonathan George was a big reason why they were able to do so. “It was a huge confidence booster to be able to establish the run game so early in the game. Previous games we’ve started off slow, but to come out on the first drive and execute it helped us for the rest of the game,” George said.

-George expects the run game to continue to bet the focal point even with a great passer like Towles coming back. “The run game is still going to be a priority. Even with him back we’ve got to continue to establish the run game.”

-During last week’s preparation for Georgia, C Matt Smith said the offense was changing the run scheme a bit to try to have more success. Whatever they did seemed to work and Smith expects more of the same production. “As an offensive line we had one of the best practice we’ve had in a long time. We want to continue to have the same success, but all starts with us.”


Article written by Rashawn Franklin

13 Comments for Wednesday’s Football Practice Notes

  1. barn
    2:24 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    i guess it’s time for mizzou to get well

  2. derekabney
    2:35 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    The spread is 17 points…If I were a betting man I would bet the house on Kentucky covering!

  3. Bevo
    2:36 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is anybody else getting sick and tired of hearing all this talk from Joker/Sanders about how Towles isn’t ready to contribute, or is really rusty, or doesn’t understand the playbook, blah blah blah. His first collegiate series he goes 5-5 with a TD (against a SEC defense). Could it be that they’re trying to justify their reasoning for redshirting him?

  4. I'm Batman
    2:36 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    That’s exactly right #1! That’s exactly right #2! It might be a race to see who scores more than 1 touchdown to determine the winner. I’m sure I’m exactly right.

  5. Bevo
    2:37 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    If Pat goes out Saturday, or any other game this season, and keep producing…how stupid will our coaching staff look for putting him at #4 on the depth chart???

  6. derekabney
    2:53 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Really stupid… People think if they go win out with Pat at QB that’ll save Joker’s job. I think it is the last nail in the coffin! To misread talent like that is inexcusable! I think if we win out we can get a big name to come here because our personnel will look very appealing!

  7. Joker's last stand
    3:06 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    It was smart for the staff to redshirt him. Which is why he was 4th on the depth chart. However, it’s stupid for them to blow a year of playing time on the chance that the production on towels and the wildcat whitlow will save their jobs. The fact is even if they blow through their last 4 games with four w’s and its saves their jobs this season, they will fail just as miserably next season. Just redshirt him and let uk and the next HC enjoy his play for four more years.

  8. derekabney
    3:08 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Why Redshirt him?? You’ll see Saturday why he should have started over Smith game 1!!

  9. Can'tRedshirtNow
    3:19 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I also think it was smart to redshirt Towles, thus putting him at 4th on the depth chart. Max Smith gave the team the best chance to win, with his combination of good passing ability, some game experience, and a good understanding of the offense. Newton and Whitlow were then given the backup role(s) as situational wildcat quarterbacks. This was a good decision – right up until Smith got hurt.

    And, they cannot “just redshirt” Towles now. Once he played, the redshirt option is gone unless he is medically unable to go the rest of the season, which is doubtful now if he is able to get back to practice. So, Towles becomes the Smith replacement when healthy and Whitlow and/or Newton can return to the situatioal wildcat quarterback.

  10. WHAT?
    5:18 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh great, another football post.

    Doesn’t KSR understand that the ONLY post that will be read by 100% of KSR readers – is the one with the headline, “Joker Phillips FIRED.”

    …please let this headline come SOON!

  11. Swamp land salesman
    5:35 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Another Saturday, another blow-out. Hopefully this beat down will be the end of the road for this coaching staff. You people are dreaming. The only talented player is the Kentucky player. Period!!!!

  12. Leroy Rulstonbacker
    5:49 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    This will be worse than Arkansas. The only bright spot is it will only ruin UK fans afternoons and not their evenings. Pray for another rain storm and hope that we can tap out during the beat down.

  13. Unknown Fan
    7:28 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    ANOTHER “moral” victory from Choker will save his job.”Yipeeeeee!!! UK beat the spread!!! We really won!!”