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Joker Pleased with First Wildcat Scrimmage

Published Aug 13, 2012
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NATION OF BLUE- On Friday, Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips said he was looking for intense competition during his team’s first preseason scrimmage and that’s what he got Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.

“(It was) Really competitive,” Phillips said afterward. “We had an old-school scrimmage, 140-something plays, just wanted to put the ball down and get as many snaps as we possibly could, reason being a lot of guys needed snaps.”

As always, the scrimmage began with special-teams emphasis and the coach was excited over that segment of the day.

“I think our scrimmage started really well with our special forces units, which is our kicking units, our punt team and our punt return,” Phillips said. “Again, I’ve been saying that guys have been asking to be on those teams. It showed today how fast we played in it. It’s probably as clean as we’ve played in our kicking game.”

A primary area of interest, as it has been during the first week of practice, has been the quarterback competition with senior Morgan Newton, sophomore Maxwell Smith and true freshmen Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow. Phillips saw some good plays out of all of them Saturday.

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