UK football notes: Kentucky returns 2,060 unsold tickets for UofL game

jsmith3@herald-leader.comAugust 7, 2012 

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Morgan Newton (12) made a first down on this run with about 1:34 left in the game during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Louisville Cardinals safety Hakeem Smith (29) couldn't hang on for a tackle.

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Kentucky returned more than 2,000 tickets from its general allotment for the Governor's Cup game at Louisville on Sept. 2.

A release sent out by Louisville on Tuesday morning said those tickets would go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday to Cardinals season-ticket holders only.

"The single-game tickets are from the 2,060 returned last week by Kentucky from their fan allotment of 5,500 for the game," the release said.

The tickets will be made available to Louisville seasonticket holders for $50 each, with a maximum of four tickets per account. They may be purchased at Cardinal ticket offices. No phone orders will be accepted, the release said.

Position battles continue

Don't expect any answers about a starting quarterback any time soon, Coach Joker Phillips told the media after day four of camp.

"It's hard to answer anything," Phillips said when asked about the quarterback battle. "We're still installing. Every day it's new plays. ... New plays, new install, new reads, different reads, different formations. It's hard to make any kind of judgment at this point."

He said that former starters Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton would get a majority of the snaps at Saturday's scrimmages and that freshmen Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will see some action.

"We'll just see how they handle what we give them and then start dwindling from there," Phillips said.

The quarterback position isn't the only one that has question marks. There are several for which no depth chart has been established and it won't be for some time, Phillips said.

"It's not fair to the guys who are lining up after four practices and none of them in full pads," he said. It's not fair to set a depth chart. ... It's way too early."

The team will practice in full pads for the first time Wednesday.

■ The tight end battle is one that seems to be starting to shake itself out. Coach Greg Nord indicated that Ronnie Shields and Tyler Robinson have pushed "a little bit ahead at this time."

■ Phillips and Nord said freshman Landon Foster and Joe Mansour are still battling for punting duties.

Phillips seemed pleased with what he's seeing from Foster.

"The young freshman is probably a little bit faster right now" at getting the ball off, Phillips said. "We all know that's key, how fast you can get it off. ... Right now fastest we've ever had."

Single-game tickets on sale

Single-game football tickets for home games went on sale Tuesday. Tickets are $46 for Southeastern Conference games and $41 for non-conference games.

Tickets may be purchased at the UK ticket office or at UKathletics.com or Ticketmaster.com.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukfootball.bloginky.com.

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