Joker wants QBs trimmed to two —at least

Survivors will get more practice time

ccosby@herald-leader.comAugust 20, 2010 

Kentucky will hold its second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, and Coach Joker Phillips said Thursday that he hopes to narrow the three-man quarterback race among Mike Hartline, Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski down to two shortly thereafter.

"I hope it works its way out where we can make a decision because we've got to get going," he said. "We've got to get working on Louisville. Hopefully we can cut it to two this weekend. If not, we can give it to the guy who actually earns it this weekend. But who knows? That will be seen maybe Sunday after we watch the scrimmage on film."

"I would like to get the number down to two, where we can get the reps for those two and then name it after that. But all three are right in a bunch in my opinion."

When asked if he would consider running a two-quarterback system, Phillips said, "I would like not to, but I'm not opposed to it if we feel two could give us more of a chance to win than one."

■ Redshirt freshman Qua Huzzie has missed practice time this week with a blister on his foot, which has put him behind in the competition with Ronnie Sneed for the middle-linebacker spot.

■ At center, Phillips said Matt Smith and Jake Lanefski have moved ahead of Marcus Davis and Sam Simpson in the four-man competition.

■ Phillips said UK will hold another scrimmage the middle of next week, and then have a scaled-down, dress rehearsal-type of scrimmage on Aug. 27, eight days before the opener at Louisville.

Offense responds

Phillips said the defense got the better of the offense Wednesday after putting in some new blitz packages. But the offense returned the favor Thursday morning with one of its most spirited practices.

"It (practice) was very good," Phillips said. "We responded well from yesterday, especially the offense. The offense had a good practice today. We only went about an hour and a half. We went a lot of individual, a couple of team periods. An hour and a half was a lot faster, a lot more crisp than we were yesterday offensively."

'Operation Move-In'

All 105 players in fall camp will participate in "Operation Move-In" on Friday morning to help new and returning students move into their new dormitory rooms.

The Wildcats will start moving in the students at 8:30 a.m. before heading back to camp and meetings around 10 a.m.

The players and coaching staff will head to the Complex Mall area before 10 a.m. to have a small pep rally/photo opportunity with President Lee T. Todd Jr. and first lady Patsy Todd.

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