LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Coach Joker Phillips was not happy with Tuesday's practice inside the Nutter Field House but he was much happier with today's outdoor workout as his team gets ready for Florida.
“We are in day two of preparation for Florida and it was another opportunity to go out and play,” Phillips said. “A lot of backups were practicing for us yesterday and we got some of those guys (first stringers) back today and it was a lot better today than yesterday. We are excited about having another opportunity to play Saturday.”
Phillips said a majority of backups got reps Tuesday due to several starters being banged up and taking another day of rest. Moving forward, Phillips said the team will have to call on the depth of the team at certain positions so he doesn’t mind getting the underclassmen reps in early week practices.
On the injury front, Phillips said that senior tailback CoShik Williams is doubtful for the game Saturday, while senior cornerback Cartier Rice is day-to-day. Phillips ruled out freshman linebacker Josh Forrest and senior tight end Gabe Correll from playing. Offensive linemen Matt Smith and Darrian Miller are expected to practice tomorrow and play Saturday, according to Phillips.
This will be the first trip to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, mostly known as The Swamp, for most of Kentucky’s players. The Wildcats played the annual game in Lexington last season. Phillips recalled Wednesday his first experience in The Swamp when he was a player, giving the media in attendance a laugh in the process.
“My first memory was as a player,” Phillips said about The Swamp. “We went down and my first memory is George Adams catching the kickoff on the sideline and juking and jiving and stepping out of bounds before they hit him. My memory is kind of jarred because I was called to run a crack-back (block) on Wilber Marshall three times in a row. First one was successful; last two are the reason why I am 5-foot-9.”
Kentucky will practice again Thursday before a walk-through practice Friday.