– They call him Patty Ice for a reason. Patrick Towles has been waiting his whole life to be the starting quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats, but his dreams and the distractions that come with it are being set aside to focus on UT-Martin. Neal Brown is trying to keep things as routine and normal as possible, but that is how Pat has always prepared, “It’s just about getting your mind right. (Before the game) some people will listen to really hardcore music. I’m just kind of relaxed, even-keeled. The more you get jacked up before the game, for me at least, the harder it is to think clearly.”
He was thinking very clearly today. During an intense two-minute drill, the coaches put the offense in a game situation where they needed a touchdown to win. For the first time all camp, the offense did exactly what the coaches needed to see by punching the ball into the end zone before time expired. A great sign to see four days before kickoff.
– No Darrian Miller? No Problem. Left tackle Darrian Miller has been an anchor on the offensive line for the past two years, but he’ll have to wait til Week 2 to see the field. The line shouldn’t skip a beat with Jordan Swindle moving to the left side to make room for Kyle Meadows. Swindle has been the #2 left tackle for awhile, so he’s very comfortable, and Patrick Towles said, “I fully trust Kyle Meadows.” Meadows will see his first time on the field after redshirting last season to bulk up, and boy did he bulk up. Meadows said today that he came to UK weighing 250, but now he’s close to 305 pounds. 50 pounds….that’s a lot.
– The tennis ball machine is Stoops’ worst enemy. What if I told you…a machine was sent to the UK practice facility destined to dismantle the Air Raid by taking out as many receivers as possible. Stoops is starting to believe that’s the case.
Jeff Badet took a tennis ball to the eye earlier in camp, forcing him out for the first two games. He had a helmet on but that wasn’t enough to stop this mad machine, who tried to prey on TV Williams earlier this week. Visors should finally put the demon to rest, but Stoops believes the demon is responsible for cutting back on dropped passes, “They’re working hard at it. We get those Jug machines out here with the tennis balls. Hit some guys in the eye, they start working on it.”
– Towles is happy to have Javess Blue back. The Cats have had to do much of their offseason work without Senior and returning receiving leader, Javess Blue. Because he’s missed a lot of conditioning he’ll only see 30-35 snaps instead of about 50, but his speed can’t keep him off the field. Speed on the outside is a tool that Towles loves to utilize, but he isn’t ready to pick a favorite target, “The one who catches the most balls. We’ll see on Saturday”