Kentucky Football to Open Practices on Saturday, Sunday

Dec. 2, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky football practices on Saturday and Sunday are open to the media and public, Coach Joker Phillips has announced.

UK will practice from 8:35 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 2:30 to 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.  Practices are expected to be held in the Nutter Field House because of projected winter weather.

The Wildcats are preparing for what would be a school-record fifth-consecutive bowl game.  Bowl announcements will be made Sunday night.

Couch to Represent UK as SEC Legend: Tim Couch, one of the most prolific passers in college football history, will be UK's Southeastern Conference Legend during the SEC Championship Game weekend on Dec. 3-4 in Atlanta, Ga.

Couch will be honored at the annual SEC Legends Dinner on Friday and will be introduced during the championship game on Saturday.

Couch was a UK quarterback from 1996-98.  He was a first-team All-American as a junior in 1998 and a consensus choice as the SEC Player of the Year. He finished fourth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy.  He guided the Wildcats to the Outback Bowl, UK's first New Year's Day bowl appearance in 47 years. 

Couch finished his collegiate career by completing 795 passes in 1,184 attempts for 8,435 yards and 74 touchdowns.  He set seven NCAA records, 14 SEC records and 26 school records.

Couch gave up his senior season of eligibility and was the No. 1 pick by Cleveland in the 1999 National Football League draft.  He played five years for the Browns before his playing career was cut short by shoulder injuries.

Currently, Couch is a college football analyst for Fox Sports South.  Couch appears on FSS's weekly show, SEC Gridiron Live, and also is an analyst for FSS game broadcasts.   

Advance Bowl Ticket Applications Due Friday:
A reminder to fans desiring to order tickets for Kentucky's bowl game, advance ticket applications are due on Friday, Dec. 3.

Kentucky's destination for its school-record fifth-consecutive bowl appearance and the opponent will be announced officially on Sunday.

Here is the ticket information:
•    University of Kentucky season-ticket holders should already have a bowl application sent through e-mail and U.S. mail. UK season-ticket holders may order tickets by mail, fax (859-323-1269) or online through their "My UK" account by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Ticket applications also can be delivered in-person to the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•    Non-season-ticket holders may access an application online at UKathletics.com. Those applications should be mailed or faxed (859-323-1269) by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Non-season-ticket holders also may order tickets in-person at the UK Ticket Office.

•    Fans also may call the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because of the anticipated large number of phone calls, we encourage fans to order tickets via mail, fax, online, or in person at the ticket office.

•    E-mail confirmation of all orders will be sent on Monday, Dec. 6.

Wildcats Back to Work: The Kentucky football players and coaches went back to work this week after the conclusion of the regular season.

The players have resumed weightlifting under the guidance of strength coach Ray "Rock" Oliver and have extra time to focus on their academic efforts.  Meanwhile, the coaches have hit the road to recruit.  The team will reunite for practice Saturday and Sunday.

"This is an important time for the present and future of Kentucky football," Coach Joker Phillips said.  "We've started the extra month of workouts and practice that are crucial to our player development, both for the bowl game and for the players returning for next season.  Obviously, it's also an important time for us in recruiting the next generation of Wildcats."