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Fall camp is in full swing after Kentucky football practiced for the fourth time on Tuesday. Joker Phillips reported that the team's tempo continued to improve on yet another near-perfect late afternoon.

As will be the case every day until a decision on a starter is made, Phillips was asked about competition at quarterback. He still has no detailed evaluation, but after the first scrimmage on Saturday, that could change. Returners Max Smith and Morgan Newton will get the majority of snaps in the scrimmage, while freshmen Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow will split the remainder.

Phillips was able to talk a bit more about his special teams though, saying UK now has more "big, strong athletes" for the punt coverage team who also happen to have more experience.

"This is our third year in this system, in the shield punt, so we got guys that understand it a little bit better," Phillips said.

As for who will be doing the actual punting, the battle for the starting role is underway. Freshman Landon Foster figures into that mix and Phillips reports he is the "fastest we've ever had" at getting punts off.

The kick and punt return units haven't gotten much work yet, but one player is already beginning to stick out in that area. Sophomore Demarco Robinson fielded a handful of kicks and punts last year, but had well-documented issues with protecting the football. A year of experience looks to have made a world of difference.

"I'm excited about the confidence (of) Demarco Robinson back there catching them," Phillips said.

Phillips talks more about the special teams, among other topics, in the video below. Also, keep an eye out for a story on Wednesday about Darrian Miller and Zach West, the two young roommates being asked to anchor the left side of UK's offensive line.



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