Wildcats Push Through Heat with Strong Wednesday Practice
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It was another humid day at the Nutter Training Facility on Wednesday as the University of Kentucky football team continued its preparation and focus for the home opener with Kent State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
UK head coach Joker Phillips said after practice that the team was dealing with the unusual Lexington heat the last few days well. The head coach said the team practiced through the elements Wednesday and now it’s about getting the rest they need.
“A little hot today and the guys tried to push through it,” Phillips said. “We have to make sure that we are taking care of our bodies at night and getting our rest. The guys really did try to push through it. We have to go. We don’t have time to worry about heat or worry about a bug.”
Phillips said after practice that sophomore safety Glenn Faulkner, who incurred a high-ankle sprain in August, is still 5-6 weeks away from the staff being able to make a decision, while sophomore tailback Josh Clemons (knee) is “week-to-week” and will not play Saturday. Phillips said that senior tailback Coshik Williams and redshirt freshman linebacker Josh Forrest have been practicing in red jerseys and not seen much work so far in practice.
The head coach said the team has tried to simplify things defensively, which should allow for more of the younger players to see more time. Phillips suggested that true freshman linebackers Khalid Henderson and Pancho Thomas, who played against Louisville, might see more time, along with some of the younger players in the defensive secondary.
“We are going to simplify some,” Phillip said. “There are going to be some guys out there playing even younger than were out there (vs. Louisville). We are going to simplify and let the guys line up and play where the adjustment is very minimum.”
Phillips said adjustments to the depth chart are nothing new this time as year as practices stay intense and competitive.
“There is always adjustment to the depth chart,” Phillips said. “You always have competition every week. People don’t understand if the kid is practicing than he is competing. He is getting a chance. Some of these guys that have been practicing and deserve a chance to play, based off what we saw Sunday, than they are going to play.”
UK will have its final full practice before Saturday’s game on Thursday.
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