VAUGHT: Practice Notes

Kentucky's offense again "started fast" in Saturday's scrimmage and all three quarterbacks battling for the starting job impressed coach Joker Phillips

Kentucky's offense again "started fast" in Saturday's scrimmage and all three quarterbacks battling for the starting job impressed coach Joker Phillips.

"I was pleased to see what our wide receivers did," said Phillips. "They are big, physical guys. We have to block better, and should with our size.

"We've also got some nice (running) backs and we should have success running the ball. The defense could not get itself off the field. A lot of that had to do with tackling, especially in the secondary."

Phillips did praise defensive tackle Mark Crawford, defensive ends Collins Ukwu and Tristian Johnson, and linebacker Qua Huzzie for their play.

His biggest praise after the closed scrimmage, though, was for senior quarterback Mike Hartline. "He played really good. He's ahead (for the starting job) mainly because of his knowledge," Phillips said.

The coach noted that sophomore Morgan Newton got the team in the end zone more than Hartline or freshman Ryan Mossakowski.

"The thing he did today was pull the ball down and run. That's the thing he has to do because he can make things happen with his legs," Phillips said. "Moss is more comfortable and is continuing to make progress.

"We have put a huge emphasis on throwing the ball, and it shows. We are completing passes and people are going and getting the ball." Defensively, things are not progressing quite as well.

"Fundamentally, we have got to be better tacklers," Phillips said. "We've got to wrap up."

NOTES FROM SOURCE WHO DID WATCH SCRIMMAGE: 1. Kentucky did not throw the ball deep very often. he was not sure if that was due to quarterbacks, receivers or line, but he didn't think UK threw a deep ball more than six times. that was like the last scrimmage and considering this one was closed, that is a concern.

2. Hartline may already have the job. Hartline, Cobb and Locke all sat out a lot of practice and red zone offense mainly was with Newton and Mossakowski with Hartline watching.

3. Trevathan tweaked ankle, but nothing serious. 4. George ran over Anthony Mosley and buried him. 5. Russell had his best practice. 6. Defensive line got more pressure on quarterbacks this week.


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