If there was one subtle message to come out of Kentucky's loss to South Carolina, it was that no one should have any doubts about Andre Woodson being UK's quarterback and team leader.
Kentucky's offense was the worst it had been since the season-opening loss to Louisville in the first half against South Carolina. The Wildcats had just 88 total yards. If that wasn't bad enough, Woodson threw an interception early in the third quarter that led to a South Carolina touchdown and 17-0 lead.
But offensive coordinator Joker Phillips insisted there was never any serious consideration given to taking Woodson out. "We thought he was playing well, but we put him in situations where he had problems because of botched snaps, penalties, dropped balls. He is competing. He gives us our best chance to win at quarterback. He's our guy and he showed that with the way he battled back in the second half. Andre won't quit and we are going to keep letting him lead this team."
Phillips said the Cats still have to understand that little things make a big difference in a key game. He looked back at the fumbled punt UK failed to recover inside the South Carolina five-yard line, the interception the Cats dropped on South Carolina's first scoring drive, a holding penalty that stalled a UK drive and a bad snap that stopped another march.
"That's one thing we have to get this team to understand. The little things are very important. If you do the little things, we score. If not, we don't score and we lose the game," Phillips said.
However, Phillips says the Cats now must remain positive as they start the second half of the season at No. 14 LSU Saturday. "We have to stay positive. We have to praise our kids' effort. Our kids fought to the end against South Carolina. We went down 17-0 and came back and scored on our next two possessions and our defense stopped them. There is no quit in this football team.
"We have made progress since last year. We still have a long way to go. We have to build on what we have established. You can lose and progress, but we have to clean up the mistakes we are making. If we do that, we will be fine. We can still be a good football team this year."
Woodson is UK's leader
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