Wildcats Move Indoors for Energetic Wednesday Practice

Nov. 16, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team continued to bypass the rainy conditions in Lexington by moving inside to the Nutter Field House for practice for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Last week, UK head coach Joker Phillips said the team normally practices with more emotion and energy indoors and that proved true Wednesday as the Wildcats had a very intense workout according to the coach.

“It was an energetic practice where guys were flying around and playing with emotions,” Phillips said. “It’s an emotional game and you have to play that way.”

Phillips was very pleased with Wednesday’s practice. Phillips now wants the team to match the energy level in its final practice of the week on Thursday.

“Again, we have had more emotions this week,” Phillips said.  “We are still having some mistakes, but not as many mistakes as we have had last week. I think this Wednesday’s practice was better than last Wednesday’s practice. I hope that tomorrow’s practice is better than last Thursday’s practice.”

“I think the guys are motivated. Again, we base that off the type of energy that we have here in practice and there has been a lot of energy out here.”

In terms of injuries, it appears that Kentucky will be without two starters on the defense side of the ball on Saturday as junior defensive end/linebacker Ridge Wilson and junior defensive back Martavius Neloms did not practice Wednesday. Phillips listed both players as doubtful for the game.

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Big Blue Crush Remains Close; Fans Urged to Bleed Blue for the Cats!  After day two of the 24th annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky trails Tennessee by only 46 units, 1,118 to 1,072.

The yearly blood battle, which assures a strong blood supply heading into the holidays, will continue through Friday.

All donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage. Everyone who registers will also be eligible to win prizes. Monday and Tuesday donors have a chance to score two tickets to the Kentucky-Tennessee football game on Nov. 26. All donors will also be eligible to win one of five $200 gas cards and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.

All KBC donor centers will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the competition. There will also be numerous blood drives throughout the region.

Tennessee leads the rivalry 12 to 10 with 1 tie, but Kentucky won the competition last year for the first time since 2002. KBC has set a goal of 4,000 donors this year, in hopes of keeping the trophy. This friendly competition ensures an adequate blood supply during the holidays.

To find a donation location or to schedule an appointment, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.