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Video: Phillips on fall camp's dog days

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This is when fall camp earns its reputation. Players are mentally and physically exhausted, the season seems a mile away and no one is without a bump or bruise.

The Kentucky football team, in a matter of days, will have two different 24-hour periods with three full practices in preparation for that first game that feels so far in the distance. But the Wildcats know they can't relent, and their coaches wouldn't let them anyway.

"We need to continue to push the guys," Phillips said after UK's second practice on Wednesday. "This is the time of the year when everybody in the country is mentally shot: a lot of meetings, a lot of banging, but we've got to continue to push."

Those moments of self-doubt, of wanting to give up are those that define a player, that define a team. If UK wants to have the season it believes it can, the Cats must rise to the occasion.

"We've got to push through it," Phillips said. "We've got to mentally tough. We've got to be physically tough. We've got to have the right attitude to withstand this."

Phillips is seeing what he wants out of his players so far. They are continuing to fight, and that fight is showing in a number of areas. He praised his first-team defense for their improved knowledge of Rick Minter's system. He also likes what he sees in the passing game.

"I think we'll be better at throwing the ball," Phillips said. "Throwing and catching, we've done a good job here on the practice field. You got to take it to the game field."

Phillips talks about those topics, among others, in the video below. Take a look.

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