"I think everybody will remember the last two years. Did not see much of him the first two years. He did not play much as a freshman. (As a sophomore) Starter but usually out of the game because we played more nickel (coverage with two linebackers) his sophomore year," Phillips said. "Everybody will remember how hard he plays I hope. How determined he plays. Just remember the effort he gave for his university."
— Quarterback Max Smith, who was 17-for-34 passing for 133 yards and one score at Georgia, sprained his shoulder Saturday but did return to the game.
"Again, it's usually hard to tell after the first day. We will continue to evaluate him day to day. If we had to play today, obviously he would not be albe to," Phillips said. "We will evaluate and get treatment every day and see if we can get him ready."
Phillips said Morgan Newton, the starter before he got injured, played only because Smith went down.
"Max went down. We had to put somebody in. It's not that we were yanking Max. He was down with the shoulder,"?Phillips said.
— Sophomore Anthony Kendrick had a team-high three catches for 22 yards at Georgia in his first significant contribution of the season. "We have been practicing Anthony a couple of weeks. Tyler Robinson has been banged up and not played much," Phillips said. "One thing he does is catch the football well."
— Phillips again praised a number of young players who played well on defense when UK?limited Georgia to 317 yards and just one touchdown.
He cited linebacker Alvin Dupree, safety Ashley Lowery, lineman Michael Douglas, lineman Christian Coleman, linebacker Malcolm McDuffen, linebacker Myles Simpson and cornerback Eric Dixon for their play. Dupree, Lowery, Coleman and Dixon are true freshmen.
"Everybody stepped up, especially the young guys thrown into roles ... they have not played a huge role," Phillips said. "We are going to lose guys every year. We lose a great player in Danny, but we feel like we have added some guys, especially in last year's class and the year before, than can help us fill the void of guys leaving. Those guys and the way they played fares well for the future of our defense."
— Tennessee (5-6) beat Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime Saturday for its first Southeastern Conference win of the season. Phillips said he had not started scouting preparations Sunday, but he still knew enough about the Vols to be impressed.
"It definitely helps that they got (quarterback Tyler) Bray back (from an injury). He seemed to be healthy (against Vanderbilt) and in command of the football," Phillips said. "He has a big-time receiver in the (Da'Rick) Rogers kid. (Tauren) Poole is a violent runner in the open field.
"They play hard and physical on defense. They held Vandy to 117 (actually 130) rushing yards. They do a good job stopping the run."