Quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton both practiced on Wednesday
Held at the Wildcat Den on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011
Kentucky Football Notebook: Cat Walk, Big Blue Crush Blood Drive
Kentucky football team to take on No. 13/14 Georgia on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET
Kentucky Football Notebook
Joker Phillips spoke to the media after Thursday's practice, dicussing his team's injury situation heading into a matchup with Vanderbilt.
Took over the new hybrid linebacker/defensive end position in the spring and adapted well ... Hopes to continue the progress he showed late last season when he emerged as the lead performer at strongside linebacker ... Talented linebacker with excellent athleticism ... Earned playing time as a true freshman, mostly on special teams ... Has played in 24 games with two starts.
2009 (Freshman): Participated in 11 games ... Credited with one tackle.
High School: First-team all-state as picked by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal ... Also named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 seniors in the state ... Versatile athlete could end up at several positions on the football field ... Played linebacker primarily in high school, but also saw time at defensive end, strong safety and as a wide receiver on offense ... Helped lead Central High School of Louisville to back-to-back Class AAA championships as a junior and senior ... Totaled 76 tackles as a senior, including 12 for loss, and had three interceptions ... Made nine tackles, including two for loss, and caused a fumble in the 2008 state title tilt ... District Most Valuable Player as a senior ... Four-year starter ... All-district and all-region honoree ... Coached by Ty Scroggins, who has captured the state championship in his first two seasons at the school ... "In addition to his ability as a player, Ridge has great character and the ability to communicate," Scroggins said ... One of the nation's top-75 linebackers by Rivals.com ... The No. 8 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals and SuperPrep ... Has been timed as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... An outstanding student who was recruited by Ivy League schools ... Excelled in basketball, helping take Central to the Kentucky Sweet 16 state tournament in 2008 and the state finals in 2009 ... Was named to the '09 all-state tournament team and received the Larry Conley Ultimate Teammate Award at the state tourney ... McDonald's All-America nominee ... An all-region and all-district selection ... Played in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games in the summer following his senior year ... Honor-roll student and a member of the "100 Black Men" honorary organization.
Personal: Born in Louisville, Ky. ... Son of Anita Wilson ... An uncle, Rick Wilson, played basketball at the University of Louisville and for the NBA Atlanta Hawks ... An uncle, Raymond, and an aunt, Debbie, also played college basketball ... Major is finance.
Ridge says ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: the fans ... The one thing I like most about football is: the networking it brings ... Something people might not know about me is: I'm a good skater ... What I like about Coach Phillips is: his humor ... If I weren't playing football, I would be: working and going to school.