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Kentucky Football Practice Notes 9/20/12

September 20, 2012
By Tyler Bloyd of KentuckySports.co

Springpractice_bdmThursday's practiced wrapped up today when Joker Phillips addressed the media. He was pleased with the teams week leading into Florida and thinks the hurry up offense will be a advantage down in Gainesville Saturday afternoon. He also spoke about how his team needs to get out to a fast start and then finish. Mentioning that the ball needs to touch various play makers such as DeMarcus Sweat, Demarco Robinson, Daryl Collins to do this because if you watched the game against WKU, a stat showed Kentucky has not scored a first quarter touchdown since 2010. That is a long stretch so getting the ball to guys who can create and put up points would be huge, especially against the Gators.

Another topic worth noting is that Phillips answered on running back Josh Clemons possibly being red shirted with a "yeah, it does." Clemons has missed the first three games, tabbed as day-to-day but a slow recovery has obviously set him back. The one positive is that UK can back up the tailback position with CoShik Williams, Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George who will all see reps this weekend. Here are some quotes from Phillips.

Speaking on the hurry up offense in a rowdy environment:

“Definitely helps because you have more time to operate at the line of scrimmage. “There is not a lot of verbal communication, everything is hand signals from the line of scrimmage. There is not a lot of echoing signals where the quarterback gives it to the receivers and you go through that. Everybody is seeing the signals that the quarterback is seeing, except for the offensive line. So Max doesn't have to tell the running back and the receivers, they know all the signals.”

On getting faster:

“We did stretch, special teams, 10 minute individual and then right to 11-on-11 to try to get us going a little bit faster. We have to continue to talk about playing fast.”

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