The Blue-White scrimmage game for the Kentucky Wildcats was interesting and entertaining but it showed that it is still only spring and the Cats have a lot of work to do.
Morgan Newton looked pretty good (256 passing yds and 3 TDs and 1 INT) and would have looked even better if not for his receivers on the “white squad” have a case of the “butterfingers”. However, receiver Brian Adams (7 catches for 121 yds) was on the receiving end of two of Newton’s TD passes and overall he looked like a guy that could materialize into a big-time playmaker for Joker Phillip’s offense. Adams is also a member of the Kentucky Wildcat’s baseball team but he showed he has plenty of football skill as well. RB Raymond Sanders had 10 carries for 85 yds and 1 TD for the “white” team. The offensive line looked good in blocking for both the run and the pass and that is a good sign from a group that consists of veterans for the most part.
In reality the defense for the “white” only surrendered 17 points although the final score was Blue 31 – White 28. The Blue Team was spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game as that team was made up mostly of guys projected to be 2nd string or lower on the dept chart. Freshman QB Maxwell Smith was a respectable 10/21 for 99 passing yds including a spectacular 54 yd. TD pass to E.J. Fields; Fields reeled in the pass with one-hand and then broke away from a defender to go the distance. Fields has the size and ability to bust out this fall and become a dominant receiver. Obviously if not for the 14 point spot the “blue” team doesn’t win but the kids competed hard and some of those guys definitely put some of the 1st team guys on notice….”practice hard and come ready to play or I will take your spot”. Those sentiments are also echoed by Coach Phillips and his entire staff as well; not many spots on this squad are a given right now.