Phillips: QB Competition helps offense

Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips has a big decision to make about who will be UK's starting quarterback this season. What Phillips, head coach Rich Brooks and quarterback coach Randy Sanders decide will play a huge role in determining whether the Cats can possibly win six or more games and have a chance to play in a bowl game.

However, from Phillip's perspective, the quarterback battle between Andre Woodson and Curtis Pulley not only has been good for both players, it has been good for the entire team.

"I really think it has helped us all. In the past, you would not see Andre practice every day like he is now. He knows that he has to practice that hard now if he wants to play. He has to be upbeat and positive all the time. The rest of the group feeds off that. Curtis is doing the same things. He has got to if he wants to compete for the job," Phillips said.

"It doesn't hurt that we have competition at running back between Rafael Little and Tony Dixon. They are doing the same things as the quarterbacks. They are practicing hard and helping teammates. Then we have a lot of competition in the offensive line. Competition is a wonderful thing for making a team better."

Phillips remains confident that the Kentucky offense is going to be far better than the one he put on the field last year in his first season as UK's offensive coordinator. "We will be better. No question. The thing that is going to help is even if we get injuries ths year, I still think I can put in someone who can get the job done. We aren't looking for a true freshman to have to do it. We are deep enough at receiver, running back, offensive line and quarterback not to have to count on somebody who has not played that position before. Last year, we couldn't do that. That's why I know the offense will be better.

"And that competition at quarterback doesn't hurt. The better they practice, the better it makes everybody else practice every day. And when you practice like that, you just get better, too."

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