Phillips on Saturday's scrimmage

Kentucky coach pleased with team following scrimmage, feels passing game is continuing to improve.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips appeared pleased with the overall performance of his squad following Saturday's scrimmage.

Phillips said, "I thought we competed our tails off and I'm happy with that. We're not always executing the way we want to but we're playing fast. I like seeing that. We have a long ways to go, we understand that, but we still have time to get things corrected."

When evaluating which side of the ball had the best game, Phillips said, "It went back and forth but I thought the one defense, probably – and that's to be expected, you got three guys out up front. We had some young guys in there (in the offensive line). Some might see that as a negative, I see that as a positive. That's a chance for us to develop some depth."

Phillips said the team's passing game continues to improve.

The Kentucky coach said, "It's definitely a lot better. I'm really happy with the way Morgan is (progressing). (He's) Not always completing all the passes, but his eyes, his reads, his checks, protecting himself, all those things he's been right on point with. I'm proud of that.

"It starts with protection, though, too. Can't have people in our quarterback's face. A lot of that has to do with some young offensive linemen that are in there trying to earn some depth points and that's what they're doing. Our starters will all be back. They don't have injuries that should keep them out long but those young guys have to take advantage of this opportunity."

The team will review the video from the scrimmage on Sunday, then return to practice Monday.

"We'll take off (from practice) tomorrow. We'll watch this tape and be in meeting (Sunday). It gives us a chance to get our legs back, watch all this film, be as detailed as we want to be using this whole day. We'll come back and have a two-a-day on Monday. I think tomorrow's important. I think we got a lot of good teaching tape we can learn from and we want to take advantage of it," said Phillips.

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