On Tuesday, Joker and his Wildcat Calvary returned to the practice field after the slaughter they endured by the highly underrated Gators in Gainesville. Joker was pleased with the practice and said, “We had a good day,” the Cats Head man said. “It was an upbeat practice and physical practice. Again, we have to get better at practicing when we are not practicing together – offense vs. defense. When we go to scouts we have to have more focus and push the scouts and we can’t bring our level of play down to the scouts.” The “scouts” Joker is referencing is the bench players and red-shirt players that are not starters. The “scout” team is in charge of running the cat’s opponent’s defense and offense against the starters of UK. From what Joker is saying, it sounds like they may be bumping chests with the “scout” team instead of taking care of business and putting the peddle to the metal in practice. You have to hope that improves, or the cats won’t.
As far as today’s practice, according to UK blogger, Eric Lindsey, Junior offensive guard Stuart Hines will be ready to go in Oxford Saturday against Ole Miss. Hines, the Cat’s most experienced lineman and possibly the most talented, missed the Florida game with an ankle injury. I thought the offensive line was pretty good against the Gators, but it no doubt missed big Hines. With Ole Miss’s depleted secondary, a strong pass block will be crucial Saturday afternoon.
Eric also pointed out that WKYT and WLAP’s Dick Gabriel asked Joker if he was aware of a team meeting called together by Moncell “Turtle” Allen and some older players. Joker was unaware of the meeting but said, “I didn’t know they did that, but we definitely need that,” Phillips said. “It’s not the Randall (Cobb) and Derrick Locke show. We’ve got to be a team. I like the fact that they did get together.” Just this morning a TGR family member and I discussed the fact our team does not have that team leader they have had in the past. Cobb and Locke are fine leader’s as far as performance on the field, but we seem to be missing that team guy. We don’t have a Woodyard, or Cooke, or Burton that past teams have had. It is my belief that it is very important to have someone who can rally the troops in the tough times. When Florida’s freshman tight end was running through our defense like Taco Bell through Ryan Fertig, we needed a leader to stand up, we didn’t have it.
As far as the cat Walk in Oxford, the UK Buses arrive @ 9 am CT. The team will park in the South end zone & enter the service gate next to Gate 24. Go support your cats on the road in a HUGE game.