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Yesterday’s Football Practice Notes

KSR student intern Caroline Hall was at UK’s practice yesterday and she grabbed some notes and quotes for you. This would’ve been posted yesterday when she sent it but all of us around the KSR compound had our minds on Sons of Anarchy and this slipped through the cracks. Please forgive us. It’s still good material. I’m sorry.


Caroline Hall, KSR Student Intern

UK head football coach Joker Philips held another post-practice press conference; he discussed todays practice and highlighted what the team is focusing on for this upcoming week, a big point for Coach Philips was improved play for the offensive line. Passing game coordinator Tee Martin and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders also talked about what they think about this weeks practice.

– Coach Philips says that he is pleased with the energy level that the defensive line and special teams are playing with. But says they need to look a lot “cleaner” offensively. Joker expects his offensive players to play a lot better this week noting that the offensive line is mad about how they played and they did take the way they “showed out” in Nashville personally.

– Joker also added that changes had been made in the way reps have been distributed at practices. Some of the younger receivers got more reps than they had been previously as the coaching staff tries to pinpoint the best group of wide receivers.

-Phillips said his message to his team after practice today was, “We have to be focused and we have to be ready to play, you have to study, this is a different team from last week, so everyone has to be in to the film. The players have to do things on their own; out side of practice.”

– Joker also noted that Aaron Boyd and Mikie Benton are players who taking advantage of opportunities in this weeks practice.

– Passing game coordinator Tee Martin said, “He wasn’t surprised” about how the first game went. Tee said the players have a lot to take away from last weeks’ game. He said he saw the WKU game as a “learning experience” and hopes the players have learned what works and what doesn’t.

– Tee says “confidence is a big thing” and that’s what he wants his players to know. He says that he believes in his players and he is looking forward to the offense stepping up to the challenge and having a good game on Saturday.

– Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders says he is “keeping the hammer down and pressing hard and trying to develop the players they have.” The players need look past last Thursday and to lock arms and go out there and perform. Sanders said, “They need to focus on detail and to try and correct the mistakes they made and try and generate some cohesiveness so that we can execute.”

– As of today players that will be out for Saturdays game are Matt Smith and Billy Joe Murphy.

The themes for the practices’ that remain for the week appear to FOCUS, to clean up their offensive line, to keep up the energy levels of special teams and defense, and to score a solid W on Saturday against Central Michigan! GO CATS

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Yesterday’s Football Practice Notes

  1. mocha
    10:37 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Good stuff

  2. JackNicklaus
    11:05 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Any mention of the offensive coaches stepping up their game? The contributed as much or more to the suckiness as the players.

  3. john4uk
    11:06 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Translated: Our team still sucks.We still have a qb who can’t timely release the ball,and when he does.the receivers are having trouble catching the ball.My coaches must have been intoxicated when they recruited these guys and hopefully we will have a better recruited class next year.

  4. Lex07
    11:36 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Joker can stop talking now and get his team to actually do something on the field. He also needs to step up his game on the sidelines- he looks lost.

  5. Calipari'sInYourEar
    11:37 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody misunderstood what joker meant when he said operation RISE!

    Like good biscuits, they don’t RISE immediately when you out them in the oven. they have to bake for a bit first.

    Operation RISE is on its way… Go Big Blue!

  6. Han
    11:48 am September 7, 2011 Permalink

    5) But what if someone stomped when they were in the oven?

  7. Jimmy Buffett
    12:27 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    here we go again

  8. Jimmy Buffett
    12:29 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink


  9. Ridem
    12:48 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

  10. UKGrad83
    12:59 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    So the younger players are NOW getting more reps so the coaching staff can pinpoint the best receivers? Seriously? Why wasn’t this done during training camp and practice leading up to the first game? Did the upper classmen suddenly develop a bad case of butter fingers? That one comment speaks volumes about the coaching staff and it’s not good.

  11. Joseph A Banks
    1:06 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Rob Bromley looked sharp.

  12. Jaws2
    3:06 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Agree #10, how could this not show in the practices? If these receivers looked this bad in practice, how could the others not be getting more reps? Perhaps they’re actually worse? Imagine that if you will.

  13. shendo
    3:42 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    have to agree with 10 on this one. receiver drops were a question coming into the season from outside the program – hard to imagine how it could be a surprise inside the program on opening night.

  14. UKGrad83
    4:20 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    I’m disappointed and frustrated. I hope this team does great things but they seem to be stuck on a treadmill. The program should be at the point where it rings up 40 and 50 points on the WKU’s and the CMU’s of the world. I never dressed for a game but I was a walk on many years ago – I know how hard the team worked then and I’m sure they are working hard now. I just don’t have the faith in the coaches to take it to the next level.