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While we're waiting: Avery Williamson's 64 total tackles leads the SEC by 10. His 10.7 tackles per game, second to Auburn's Darren Bates' leading average of 10.8/game
Patrick Towles is OUT this week but listed as week-to-week; Martavius Neloms listed as day-to-day
Towles has a high ankle sprain that does not require surgery
Joker talking about some of the youngsters coming up, especially the two Blaylocks. Said Zack Blaylock played 23 snaps on Saturday and had four tackles. They are also very excited about the 3 true freshmen CBs
Phillips said UK has 10 freshmen on the punt return team.
Phillips says Patrick Towles could get this season back with medical hardship if he's unable to return in 2012
Phillips says the Cats are down to 7 healthy players at CB and S right now
Phillips says it's difficult to gauge how long Towles might be out because every kid heals differently. Sprains much more difficult to diagnose.
Phillips says he doesn't believe the issues with injuries have anything to do with strength and conditioning program.
Phillips says Morgan Newton's shoulder is as good as it will be at this point. Could be major issue if Whitlow suffers injury. Also, they'll take true freshman Jeff Witthun on road this week too.
Joker says they've had to get really creative in basically re-inventing their offense numerous times the past few years. Said it's really tested their patience in that they've had to do so on short weeks so many times with different type guys. Said many of the formations, routes, etc. are very different from earlier in the season.
Doesn't look like Glenn Faulkner is going to be back. Joker reveals he also had surgery and tried to run last week but wasn't close to ready.
Phillips says they need Jalen Whitlow to get ball out of his hands and make decisions much quicker than he did against Miss. State.
Phillips says the reasons some guys (Sweat, Boyd, Collins, etc.) haven't been as involved or effective since early in season is almost completely due to the fact that without Maxwell Smith they simply aren't throwing the ball near as well. As I noted on Saturday, the Cats were averaging 322 passing yards per game with Smith at the helm, 109 without.
Phillips on whether he can be fairly evaluated after the season because of the injuries, etc.: 'Again, I don't have time to worry about that. I just have to evaluate how to get this team better.'
That will wrap things up
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Emerson
He was at full strength when they were humiliated by ul and western! Love the excuses. Now he can't be evaluated fairly because of injuries? Just stop it! Only at Uk could you defend this crap and that's being nice to describe the product! Losing to Pitt without a coach or punting against UT in his first year were clear signs he had no idea how to be a head coach!
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