Football Finishes Preparations for WKU

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team finished the final practice of the week Thursday, making sure everything was right mentally for the season opener against Western Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

“It was good, mentally,” said Phillips. “This is a day for mental preparation. You install everything on Tuesday, try to work the plan on Wednesday, and mentally you want to make sure that everybody knows the plan on Thursday.”

The first-year head coach said that going into this week of practice he was worried about his team’s mental preparation coming off such an emotional victory last week. However, after s solid week of practice where Phillips was pleased with how his team was mentally in practice every day he said he was “way past that.”

“(I was concerned that) Going into the week that we would not be into the game mentally after playing a big game like we did last week,” Phillips said. “I am way past that because of what we got this week (in practice). But you always have to be concerned about turnovers and those things in a game like this which will get you beat.”

UK has an all-time record of 90-23-6 in home openers, winning 14 consecutive games against non-conference opponents at Commonwealth Stadium, dating back to 2005.

Kentucky will kick off its home portion of the 2010 schedule Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on CSS, however, tickets are still available for the game by calling the UK ticket office at (859) 257-1818.

Insight Communications to Assist in Televising WKU Game: Insight Communications has acquired rights to televise the UK-WKU game live in selected markets.  Here are the markets and cable channels:

•    Bowling Green – channel 5
•    Evansville, Ind./Henderson, Ky. –  channel 74 for customers without a digital box; channel 503 on the digital box
•    Lexington – channel 14
•    Louisville – channel 22 for customers without a digital box; channel 503 on the digital box
•    Northern Kentucky – channel 99 for customers without a digital box; channel 422 on the digital box

The game is being telecast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).  Thanks to CSS and Insight Communications for working together to bring the telecast into additional Kentucky markets.

Trevathan to Wear No. 13: Kentucky junior linebacker Danny Trevathan, who usually wears jersey No. 22, has decided to honor injured wide receiver Gene McCaskill by wearing jersey No. 13 in Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky University.  

McCaskill tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on Aug. 14, has undergone reconstructive surgery, and will miss the entire 2010 season.  A junior from Chester, S.C., McCaskill will be able to use this season as a redshirt year.

This is the second-consecutive game that McCaskill is being honored this way.  Wide receiver Chris Matthews wore the No. 13 jersey last week at Louisville.

Fan Info at “Gameday Central”: Interested in information about traffic, parking, or anything else about game day at Commonwealth Stadium?

Fans can get their questions answered at “Gameday Central.”  Click on and look for the “Gameday Central” button on the main page.

Game Programs Will be Given Away: Once again, the University of Kentucky football game programs will be available at a price all fans will love – free.

IMG College Sports, based in Lexington and the publisher of the game programs, will print 15,000 copies of the “Kentucky Kickoff Playbook” each week and distribute them free of charge outside the stadium gates.

The “Kentucky Kickoff Playbook” will be 68 pages, all in color, and will include a game preview, team rosters, statistics, starting lineups and additional information about the University of Kentucky, the Wildcat football team and UK Athletics.

Saturday is “United Way Day” at Commonwealth Stadium: Saturday’s football game vs. Western Kentucky University has been designated as UK’s annual “United Way Day” at Commonwealth Stadium.  

The United Way is the official charity of the University of Kentucky.  Fans are welcome to contribute to the United Way during the first half of the game as volunteers will be passing collection buckets in the stands.

“Cat Walk” at 5:15 p.m.: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter the stadium on Saturday, should be at Gate One of Commonwealth Stadium at 5:15 p.m.