After 11 straight game weeks, Kentucky
coach Joker Phillips said he needed "a Kentucky week."
The first-year head coach finished a bye week's worth of
practices Thursday with a scrimmage for redshirts and younger
players before the Wildcats (6-5, 2-5) dig deeply into preparing
for Nov. 27's regular season finale against Tennessee.
Quarterbacks Ryan Mossakowski and Morgan Newton traded reps
under center. The two are expected to compete for next season's
opening at quarterback once senior Mike Hartline graduates. Both
Mossakowski and Newton played a few series, and Mossakowski had an
The freshman from Frisco, Texas connected on a touchdown pass of
about 70 yards to receiver E.J. Fields, by far the scrimmage's
Newton, a sophomore, struggled a bit with his throws but, true
to his style of play, was able to bail himself out of pocket
pressure with his mobility.
Defensive coordinator Steve Brown said the scrimmage's best
defensive player was Mister Cobble, a freshman defensive tackle.
Cobble was expected to arrive in the fall and contend for a
starting position, but he was ruled academically ineligible and
forced to sit out the season.
He seemed to be playing faster than everyone else on the field,
even though he's one of the heaviest players on the roster at
6-feet and 321 pounds.
Brown said the challenge is getting the rest of the young
players up to game speed, where Cobble played Thursday.
"It's hard to emulate actual playing," Brown said. "You go
through practice and get accustomed to that speed but when you're
actually playing, it's a little more taxing on the body."
The Wildcats finish the regular season at Tennessee next