The biggest news of the day was RB CoShik Williams being shut down for the season. Williams has been out of action the last couple of weeks, and yesterday an MRI revealed a torn labrum. Because Williams redshirted previously in his career, his time at Kentucky is now over. In the video above, Phillips talks about losing Williams and how his freshmen quarterbacks fared in practice today. Take a look.
-With the loss of Williams and QB Maxwell Smith, guys like Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders will be asked to do more offensively, especially with such young quarterbacks. Sanders knows the team has to rally around the tailbacks and he’s ready for the challenge. “We have to stick together, we have to cherish the moment,” he said. “You never know the last time you will get a chance to play with [one of your teammates], so we just have to come together as a team and keep having fun.”
–Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles continued to split reps with the first team today. Veteran WR LaRod King was impressed with both of the young guys and how they had command of the offense. “They both were about the same. Both were on target, and both have really strong arms.”
–WR Daryl Collins said that both Whitlow and Towles split equal time with the first team, and that neither took substantially more reps than the other. Collins is confident that either one of the quarterbacks can lead them to a victory on Saturday.
-Former quarterback and current graduate assistant, Andre Woodson, said it’s not easy to get young guys ready for the speed of the game in practice. As an offense, the first thing they have done for the quarterbacks is “slim down” the playbook. Both quarterbacks have a different skill set, and they will try to cater to each one of them accordingly.
-Woodson says Mississippi State’s defense brings a lot of different blitzes and fronts that can really confuse a young quarterback. He said its important to give young guys that aren’t that familiar with the playbook, one or two reads in a single play so they can catch on quicker.
–DT Donte Rumph expects Mister Cobble back for Saturday’s game. “He’s ready to go. Oh, yeah. He’s ready.” Cobble is expected to split time with DL Tristian Johson, who DC Rick Minter said had the best game of any D-lineman against USC.
-Rumph said the emphasis all week as been the Bulldogs downhill running game. “As long as we do our jobs like we did in the first half of last week’s game.. we should be successful.”