Quarterback Competition Begins

Oct. 13, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The competition between junior Will Fidler and freshman Morgan Newton for Kentucky's starting quarterback position got underway during practice Tuesday morning.

“The quarterbacks both played pretty good,” Coach Rich Brooks said.  “They both threw some good balls and did some good things.  We've talked about making sure we make good decisions and protect the football.

“You've got to be confident in the huddle, you've got to be confident at the line of scrimmage. Whether the play works or not, just like you have to have a short memory at corner(back), you have to have a short memory at quarterback. You can't let one play affect the next one,” the coach continued.  "I'm worried about the speed of the game and decision-making and making more positive plays than negative."

Brooks also announced that sophomore guard/center Jake Lanefski incurred an injured knee in practice, the extent of which was not known at that time.

“Cat Walk” Set for 4:15 Central Time: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, should be at the Northeast corner of the stadium, near Lot P along Duncan Drive, at 4:15 p.m. Central time (5:15 p.m. Eastern time).

All UK Fans Invited to Pregame Tailgate Party at Auburn Game: The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites all Wildcat fans traveling to the Auburn game to participate in a pregame tailgate party.

Here are the details:

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
4 p.m., CT; 5 p.m. ET
Kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. CT, 7:30 p.m. ET
Auburn University Campus
Look for the blue and white tent in front of the Jule Collins Smith (JCS) Art Musuem
Located on Woodfield Dr. off of College St.
Campus Map

UK alumni and fans are invited to take part in pregame fun on the road Oct. 17. Our Kentucky Wildcats will battle the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium for SEC Gridiron Glory. Join in the festivities at the blue and white UK Alumni Association Tailgate Tent (located near the RV section). Shuttles will be available from the stadium to the game for those who prefer to ride. For those who prefer to walk, a walking trail is extended from the site of our event to the stadium (approx. 10 - 15 min. walk).

Cost is $10 for preregistered UK Alumni Association members, $15 for nonmembers and $15 for game day walk-ups. Price includes food, soft drinks and admission to the event.

To make your reservation, visit www.ukalumni.net/tailgate and click the ‘registration' button on the webpage or call 1-800-269-ALUM or 859-257-7161.

Game Day Parking Information:
Shuttles run to and from locations near campus on game day free of charge. For a list of locations or more information, visit: http://www.auburn.edu/administration/parking_transit/transit/gameday.php.

For additional questions about the event, contact Jill Smith at jhsmith@uky.edu or 859-257-8906.