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What we Learned from Saturday’s Scrimmage

I’m tired of pictures of Joker, so here’s Randy Sanders for your viewing pleasure.

I’m tired of pictures of Joker, so here’s Randy Sanders for your viewing pleasure.

 

– THE OFFENSE IS BETTER!!!!!!!! Please Big Blue Nation, try to get excited. There still is not an official starting QB, but a Maxwell Smith led drive of 14 plays 98 yards should put him in the driver’s seat. Joker Phillips said Friday that he wanted to see big plays, and a long drive. Smith really did a good job of listening to his coach. The drive featured a power running attack, something we don’t see often. Freshman RBs Dyshawn Mobley and Justin Taylor contributed a lot, and will definitely be seeing time on the field after showing the coaches what power and size at the running back position can do for a football team.

– The 98 yard drive featured a lot of things that the coaching staff wanted to see out of the offense. The drive surprisingly didn’t have many big 30 or 40 yard plays, rather consistent play throughout. “It means you had a lot of guys doing the right things a number of plays in a row,” said Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders. The consistency can probably be most seen on the Offensive Line, especially the fact that there were only 2 pass plays the entire drive.

La’Rod King keeps playing like it’s his last game. The Sr once again caught a pair of touchdowns in the scrimmage. La’Rod looks to be Mr. reliable this year at WR. E.J. Fields and Demarco Robinson also caught touchdown passes, CoShik Williams got one on the ground, and a couple of unnamed Freshman also got in the endzone. I love knowing that we will be able to put points on the board.

– The return units proved to be something worth watching. Derek Abney and Randall Cobb were amazing to watch, but last year was absent of anything worth WOWing over. Yesterday it was leaked that Demarco Robinson and Freshman Damarcus Sweat both had long returns. It can be a battle for field position sometimes, and every extra yard will help the Cats offense gain some momentum.

– To end it, I’m going to give you a taste of what the media members have had to experience from the staff when they are asked about the Quarterback situation. Here is Randy Sanders Saturday reply.

“They are progressing as they should progress. … For the most part, the ball was coming out to who it should’ve been coming out to, when it should’ve been coming out of their hand. … The one thing we’re doing as a group right now is throwing the ball accurately.”

It all sounds good, but it really doesn’t mean anything. I’m expecting a QB decision tomorrow, stay tuned.

 

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for What we Learned from Saturday’s Scrimmage



  1. Ben
    5:15 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    We all have know that Smith is the starter since spring practice! Either Joker does not want to give UL an advantage or he cannot see what everyone else knows is the only choice.



  2. SadCat
    5:45 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m tired of Joker pictures too.
    Vegas has us 14 point underdogs,
    i am afraid we lose by 28.



  3. Hal
    5:55 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    “THE OFFENSE IS BETTER!!!!!!!! Please Big Blue Nation, try to get excited. There still is not an official starting QB…”
    can’t think of any other statements that have summed up UK football history better than those two



  4. IndianaHoosiersRule
    6:28 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    A 98 yard drive on the UK defense isn’t impressive at all. Teams will be doing it all season.



  5. Bandwagon fan
    6:40 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone hop on, then when we lose everyone can duck their head into the sand. Being a fan is more than a 12 or 13 day journey (game day). It is about supporting a team through thick and thin. These guys have worked their arse off, if you can’t respect that then go support the team from the big least. Who cares if you don’t like Joker, if it was your kid on the field you would want the fans cheering for them. Not going to games won’t affect Joker’s tenure, but it will hurt recruiting.



  6. Wild Blue
    7:25 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    And what about the defense?



  7. MadTex
    7:56 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Run UK….Run UK!!!!! You don’t stand a chance!!!



  8. duh
    8:33 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 if the AD and the administration don’t care enough about these young men to hire a good coach and improve the facilities, then why should I care. I had been a season ticket holder since 1986 but gave them up this year. I supported the team through some really bad years (ie 1994 only one win but I was at every home game cheering the cats on) but I have finally had enough. I still love the team but I chose to not renew my tickets this year to send a message to the AD/Administration. Having said all of that, I am afraid we will have a long dark season…maybe 3-4 wins.



  9. Williamsburg
    9:24 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Randy Sanders looks like the T-1000 in Terminator 2 before he got his police uniform



  10. UKfan
    10:07 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Not so sure this is a sign that the offense is better or the defense cannot stop the run.



  11. Big Blue Coming at You
    1:37 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    So one good drive and the offense is better. Got it.