DEMAREE: Attitude, theme of spring

Throughout the duration of spring practice, many words and clichés have been used to describe the mental state of this team. One has to wonder if there was some kind of spell cast over this team or whether there were sessions held with Doctor Lora Schlessenger.

Throughout the duration of spring practice, many words and clichés have been used to describe the mental state of this team. One has to wonder if there was some kind of spell cast over this team or whether there were sessions held with Doctor Lora Schlessenger. We can remember during the days of Bill Curry when a team psychologist (Dr. Dennis Sprague) was used to help sort out individual personable problems.

Some of those descriptive words and clichés heard were camaraderie, togetherness, closeness, unity, cohesiveness, focused, close knit, same page, and bought in. What does this mean in terms of wins and loses? We won't know that answer until September.

A split house is a house split with itself unlike a bumper sticker we witnessed that said this is a split house UK versus U of L. Will another loss to the Cardinals shake the foundation of this UK house. Perhaps not but the foundation could sink a couple of inches. When winning doesn't occur, you risk the reversal of all the aforementioned words and clichés.

One key development for this Wildcat team is the return of wide receiver Tommy Cook. He is a hard worker who's going to show leadership. "Tommy can get in teammates face because he is going to be the first to do the required," Coach Brooks said. Cook's playing attributes are a welcome addition because he knows how to play. Having been a quarterback in high school gives him a very good grasp on the offensive side of the ball. If he were making the same speech to the team that Jon Sumrall had to make, it would most likely sound similar in that he's not the most talented receiver on this team but he going to show the way. Cook is just an excellent, intelligent, tough college football player.

Coach Brooks was asked whether there are lot more positiveness on the team this spring? He said, "We have always had positiveness on this team, it is just that we now have less negativeness." Most players were reluctant to say that there were some bad eggs that needed to be weeded out but the coach seemed to be saying that!

One unit on the team more than any other has to be a family within itself and that's the offensive line. Coach Brooks had said more than once that he was pleased with the improvement of the o-line. He said Coach Jimmy Heggins had done a very good job with the fundamental aspect of play and getting them to play as a unit. "I tell my guys that the first people the media want to talk to is the quarterback and the running backs," coach Heggins said, "so we have to be a family. We have to depend on each other."


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