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Cats have good focus, execution in practice

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips and the UK football team started preparations Tuesday for its Southeastern Conference home opener against No. 8 Auburn, focusing on executing and having players hold themselves accountable.

“We had good tempo (in practice),” Phillips said. “The thing that we have talked about this week is making sure that we execute. Execute assignments, making sure of your alignment and execute the proper technique. It is not alright to drop the football, it is not alright to get out of your gap and it is not alright to miss a tackle.

“We also want to make sure that the guy beside you is holding you accountable for not executing,” Phillips continued. “In that, I think that our guys had a good practice. Usually, when you see a guy screw up you hear someone say, ‘That’s alright, that’s alright, we will get it,’ that is not alright. It is not alright. We had that type of temperament today that it was not alright. You have to stay in your gap. I am expecting you to be there so you can bounce the play to me. We had a better practice today because we are asking our kids to think that way.”

On the injury front, Phillips told reporters after practice that redshirt freshman linebacker Qua Huzzie, who has started the last two games for Kentucky, came out of surgery on his right hand successfully Tuesday, making it to practice soon afterwards.

“Qua just got out of surgery and was out here,” Phillips said. “Tough guy, I am amazed that he got off the operating table and came out here to practice. That is how much he loves being (with) this football team. Now what we have to see is how much pain he is in come Saturday and see if he can play.”

The Wildcats play host to the Tigers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

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