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Cats won't use Smith injury as an excuse for poor offensive play

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second time in as many days, the University of Kentucky football team moved practice indoors to the Nutter Field House. The Wildcats practiced for nearly two hours Wednesday as part of their preparation for Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt this weekend at Commonwealth Stadium.

After practice, UK head coach Joker Phillips talked to gathered media. The head coach spent much of the time talking about his team’s game plan for the Commodores this Saturday. Offensively, Phillips said they have to continue to get freshmen Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles experience. Phillips said Vanderbilt disguises their blitzes better than any team UK has faced so far.

“Every day is a learning experience for them,” Phillips said. “They are freshmen trying to learn have to defeat different types of defense and fast defenses. The defense we play this week is ranked really high and only giving up 19 points a game and bring blitzes from everywhere. Probably the best team we have seen as far as disguising blitzes. You don’t see that as the ball is getting into your hands and you have to be able to react to it as quickly as you possibly can. Those guys are doing a good job of coming out here and trying to be better.”

Phillips said the loss of starting quarterback Maxwell Smith hurt the offense, but they will not use it as an excuse. The head coach said he and the staff still expect results.

“Although it did hurt us and we had to change gears, but it can’t be (an excuse),” Phillips said. “We have had to change gears around here a lot. We still expect results, we haven’t got them the way we would like to, but we expect results.”


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