Dewayne Robertson, Ellery Moore, David Johnson, "Taco" Burress, Dustin Williams, Antonio Hall, Warren Wilson, Michael Aitcheson, and of course Derrick Tatum all sat out of practice today. The three we know of were sitting out because of serious injuries, the rest were there just for preventative measures, but nothing that would have kept them out of any game.
What these absenses allowed me to do, was focus a bit more on the guys who will be backing them up, see their performance when looked upon as starters. Players such as Adebayo Agboke, and John Robinson were going against the best of the best, both having their moments in the sun...um, er, rain.
Ernest Flowers is back on the cornerback squad, and wasted no time collecting his first interception earily in 11 on 11 drills. Initially when I heard that Bo Smith was going to be in the heavy rotation of cornerbacks, I lost my breath....luckily Jeff Drummond was close by with some smelling salts to bring me out of my funk. But, after watching practice today, I think Bo may be alright once he gets over his game jitters.
By no means am I saying that he will come out in the UL game and dominate the wide reciever he matches up against, but he will not be a glaring liability, such as a Bowie. Although he has much less experience, he has much more physical ability. Whether or not Coach McGriff can relay this on gameday, we shall see.
Jared Lorenzen did little passing in the 11 on 11 drills, focusing mainly on....coaching. He walked around and gave advice to the rest of the quarterback core, which would say to me that he has an intensely vast knowledge of the offensive scheme.
Today, for all of you slant haters due to the LSU game, UK worked today on preventing the slant....for about 20 minutes. In one on one drills, you could hear Coach McGriff crying out to his cornerbacks "don't give up the slant! don't give up the slant!" Needless to say, very rarely did the cornerback physically allow the reciever to get to his inside, forcing him to the outside making for a more difficult catch.
Last night coach Goodner sung the praises of Justin Haydock, and how he has been the single most improved player on the team. He is right. Justin has a clear understanding of his role, and he does it well. His hard nose and willingness to hit has kept right behind Mo Lane on the depth chart.
Speaking of Mo Lane, this man has really had a great offseason. Although he is still a bit small for a SEC Linebacker, he has guns bigger than Ronnies. If he can only keep his eye on the TE coming across the middle with more frequency, and not lose him by staring into the backfield for too long, Mo may be a suprise this season.
I figured I would save what you all were waiting for till the very end, the news on Derrick Tatum. Coach Morriss stated that as of right now, the training staff believes that it is a hyper extension of the left knee, BUT tonight they will do an MRI on him just to be sure. If it is a hyperextension, I would say from past experience that there is about a 50-50 chance of him playing against Louisville, and being healthy enough to make a difference. Again, hold your breath, cause we need Derricks big mouth on the field.