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Wish List For Central Michigan

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With Auburn’s close call making Kentucky feel a little better about their almost loss this past week (not to mention Ole Miss blowing one,) it’s time to look towards next weeks match up with Central Michigan.  We might as well start building the game up now.  If the Cats want to have the type of season Joker wants for them, they are going to have to improve in a number of ways over the course of the next week.  The first real test shouldn’t come until the Louisville game, but there has to be visible improvement between week 1 and week 2 or the pressure to get better quick might be too much to overcome.  With that understood, here’s a wish list heading into this game week:

Catch the ball.  Seems simple, right?  I don’t think anyone would disagree that there were far too many catchable balls that went uncaught – even the WR’s would have to agree.  While I would imagine dropped balls will be an issue throughout the season, I know the wide receivers can preform better than they did on Thursday.  If they catch half of what they missed against Western, not only do they have a better game, Newton looks like a bigger threat through the air and it can pay off in the run game, too.

— Similarly, let’s see a more relaxed Morgan Newton.   Newton proved he has the deep ball – despite the drops.  But what we didn’t see what an accuracy with short passes or an ability to make smart decisions with the ball.  The Western defense is nothing close to what Newton will face in the SEC, so we can hope that he was just shaking out first game jitters.  Sure he played in the bowl game and some as a freshmen, but this was the first game that the team was his. Newton has the talent, the coaches say they have seen it in practice, so I would like to see a more calm, cool and collected Newton against CMU.

— Continued intensity from the defense and special teams.  Sure, the defense had a number of mistakes that could have been turned into points if not for an incredibly inaccurate Western quarterback, but they showed a fire that the offense did not.  Winston Guy lived up to his own billing and hopefully was a sign of things to come.  Trevathan was Trevathan.  Tydlacka was a hero.  Sure it was Western, but the defense preformed better against the run this year than they did last time so let’s see that continue through next week.

— Can we get some type of points every quarter?  Field goal, touch down, I’ll even take a safety.  That’s not too much to ask is it?

— More Josh Clemons.  Enough said, I think.

— Oh, and whatever it takes to get more of this. #BeisNeedsSleep

So that’s what I have headed into the week, what about you?  Now let’s all shut up and see if Georgia can keep up the 1:1 ratio of penalties to downs they’re working with.

Article written by Will Lentz

31 Comments for Wish List For Central Michigan



  1. CJ cain
    8:39 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones hit on me at the gay bar



  2. murfturkelton
    8:39 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    1 perform/ed.



  3. mike
    8:43 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    The game did expose that it is the same ole UK football. Vandy up in their game and UT ahead of Montana 28-0 still in the first half….Bray is having an unbelievable game.



  4. john4uk
    9:10 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Newton is not a first year player.He has started in SEC games and played in 2 bowl games.No excuse for his lack luster performance.He just does not appear to be a legitamate D1 quarterback,and in his case, UK is trying to make chicken salad out of chicken manure.



  5. kramer
    9:18 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    No more 9:00 or 9:30 games on a weeknight, yesterday was rough at work. Please receivers catch the ball, and TEAM act like you want to play ball!!!



  6. kramer
    9:24 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Oh yea,and if the best players are freshman who cares, play them, the object is to win games, correct? I don’t care if there are juniors, seniors whatever, ahead of them if your best players are freshman play them!!!



  7. I Shoot 4s
    9:31 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    CATCH THE BALL!!! It is time for Aaron Boyd to #rise



  8. Seriously
    9:32 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Utah St and BYU are much better teams than Western without a doubt, so dont start feelin too good about Thursday.



  9. Mr Schwump
    9:41 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Earn your damn scholarship.



  10. joker smoker
    9:48 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    lets just be honest guys and not work ourselves up. We will not beat florida USC or LSU or Miss ST. we will talk about how we will beat ole miss but then we will come out flat and run the ball up the middle and be unprepared as usual for games like that. we are not going to beat georgia or tennessee or vandy. we will not be a serious football team until we get serious coaches and stop settling for mediocrity i have seen it for 25 years now so guys expect the worst and be surprised when something good happens.



  11. RonH
    9:59 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Wishlist Item:

    “Mike Leach in President’s Box”

    I can’t take credit for thinking that up I just like it.



  12. jaaaaayyyy
    10:07 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    IU goes down to Ball State 27-20



  13. Pick Ratino
    10:09 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. That drawing. The memories!

    “Me and Karen sitti’n a tree. First comes love then STD.”



  14. STEVE!
    10:15 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    There better be significant improvement in game preparation, effort, and execution against Central Michigan. I have a feeling a lot of fans are on the fence about this coaching staff and team, and if there is a repeat performance of the WKU game at the home opener, they could give up on them.



  15. haters
    10:33 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    whoever says boise could not compete in the SEC is mistaking



  16. Blue Balls
    10:40 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Central Michigan? We need to watch Zeigler, he can shoot it from 3. I think Jones and Davies will dominate inside.



  17. Hard Hittin' CAT
    10:49 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Is anyone enjoying watching Boise St. whip up on Georgia as much as me? This is great. College football, or the BCS, has been screwing them and TCU for the past few years.

    GO BRONCOS

    GO CATS!!



  18. Rza
    10:52 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    how many days does Joker have left as the the head coach?



  19. Geno'sCats
    11:02 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Just come with some fire in their belly!!!



  20. Big Blue 66
    11:25 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    15. I think Boise state can play with anyone with 6 months to prepare and no one injured or nagging injuries, question is, could they play georgia tonight, come back and face florida next week, get alabama at home then play arkansas or LSU away. I think they would be competitive in the SEC but they would lose 3 conf games a year.



  21. "Jamal" Vitale
    11:45 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Question? Has anyone else noticed that Joker is always in long sleeves. I mean it was 100 degrees in Nashville and he was in sleeves. Has anyone seen him in anything but sleeves? Just a curious observation.



  22. SeoulCat
    11:54 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    On my wishlist:
    1. An O-line that can create holes for the running backs and give Newton enough time to throw the ball without having a hand in his face.
    2. Ballet lessons for Newton so that he doesn’t trip over his own feet again.



  23. JackB
    12:03 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    20 – BSU played UGa with 4 starters sitting due to eligibility issues with European kids. Shorthanded, they kicked a top-20 SEC school’s butt. While we can speculate Boise St could not play SEC regular season teams, which may be true (or not) but doesn’t matter. In football, being undefeated and beating whatever top 20 schools that were dumb enough to schedule you should be enough. You can’t beat teams you don’t play. Boise State won. If they go 12-0, they deserve a shot unless there are 2 other undefeated teams with better schedules. They won’t get that shot – and that makes the BCS less legitimate. Which is good. I love BSU winning. They have now proven that they can beat Big 12 national championship contending teams (Oklahoma), Pac whatever BCS Bowl teams (Oregan, which played in the Rose Bowl that year) and SEC top 20 teams. The only criticism you have for them is hypotheticals. Wins are wins. Ask Western Kentucky.

    I am an SEC homer, but I recognized that BSU had something special going on before a lot of people (ie, before a few seasons before the Oklahoma game – don’t worry, I’m not bragging, I missed out on Lady Gaga), so I am promoting that band wagon while it lasts.



  24. brandon
    12:17 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Reading about Oka and Texas possibly leaving for the pac 12, makes me wonder why UK wouldn’t want to leave the SEC. If the pac gets two more big dogs and the SEC adds a few more football schools, there will be no breathing room for UK football.

    It would be nice to see UK slip over to the ACC, playing the likes of Duke and UNC. Our football team would have a better chance of making bigger bowls playing weaker football teams and would RAKE in the cash with the yearly matchups with 2 of basketballs best teams (Duke, UNC).

    I understand tradition but the hill is so steep in SEC football and frankly, SEC basketball is not very exciting. The only reason I watch a UK LSU basketball game is because I love Kentucky. NOBODY else watches that game. Not even LSU fans. Now, UK playing Duke, UNC, NCState, Fla St, Ga Tech, and hell… Even Miami and Clemson. That would make for some good games.

    It will never happen but… It would be interesting.



  25. mashburnfan1
    12:35 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    I just wish the offensive play calling was different. Needs creativity or something. Open it up and take some chances, what we do now does not work so change it. I am not just saying this because of this game but last year as well. BORING



  26. mashburnfan1
    12:38 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    also I agree with 24 that a move to acc and we are pretty good in football and have great bball games all season



  27. No Excuses
    7:36 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Newton was not a freshman starting his first game. He is a junior. He has been in the system too long to get any slack for being new. The O-line was worse than a BCG investment. Our supposed strength and our “won’t even recognize him” QB look just like they did against Pitt. No leadership. No motivation.



  28. firejokernowbeforeit'stoolate
    8:16 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Rich Brooks comes into a probation-riddled program, and after several tough years, moves us forward. Not as much as some think, but definately forward. Then we get head-coach-in-waiting, Joker Phillips. Definately a step back. Joker goes and manages to throw all of the momentum Rich had built right out the window. At UK, in football in the SEC, you have to scrap, claw, kick, bite, and fight for every inch of progress you can get. Then we bring in a guy who fritters it away in less than one season. Time to do like we did with Billy Clyde, and cut our losses, open the check book, and go buy the best head coach you can get. After Brooks retired, we could have gotten a name coach at UK. Playing in the SEC, several straight bowl games, great fan following, it could have happened. But, no, we went with the buddy system.



  29. Dane Brammage
    8:34 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Wish List for this Season:

    N.E.W.T.O.N

    N = No
    E = Excuses
    W = With
    T = This
    O = Offense
    N = Newton



  30. clint
    9:18 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    The run defense is better… rainey or whatever from western was third in yardage last season with, I wanna say, like 1,650



  31. Jimmy Buffett
    10:59 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    memo to Jurich:
    Let the other posts go