Phillips has history with Vandy's Thorpe semifinalist
Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips became familiar with Vanderbilt's star cornerback, D.J. Moore, while on the recruiting trail. Moore was a high school teammate of current Wildcats Antonio Thomas and Antwane Glenn at Broome High School in Spartanburg, S.C.
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Moore is a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's best defensive back along with UK's Trevard Lindley.
"You could tell back then that he was a playmaker," Phillips said. "He's turned out to be a great player for Vandy. We'll definitely be aware of where's he at on the field."
Cats could seeboth Vandy quarterbacks
Vanderbilt is similar to Kentucky in that it used two quarterbacks for much of the season. While Randall Cobb has settled in as the Wildcats' starter, both Vanderbilt QBs, Chris Nickson and Mackenzi Adams, could see action Saturday night. Nickson started the first six games before giving way to Adams, who ran the show until suffering a hip pointer in last week's 42-14 loss to Vanderbilt. Nickson came in after Adams went down and threw two touchdown passes in the second half.
For the season, Adams is 56-for-108 passing for 619 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 144 yards. Nickson is 43-for-104 passing for 378 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Nickson shredded UK for 517 yards of total offense in a 38-26 loss in 2006, rushing for 71 yards and two TDs while throwing for 446 yards and a score. UK defensive coordinator Steve Brown said his unit is prepared for both quarterbacks and said there isn't much to differentiate between the two in the Commodores' spread attack.
"They pretty much do the same things regardless of which guy is in there," Brown said. "They'll spread it out and do some quarterback run game. You really don't have to prepare any differently."
Admission to UK events
Those with a ticket to Saturday night's UK-Vanderbilt football game can get free admission to the UK women's basketball game against Michigan Saturday at 2 p.m. and the volleyball team's match with Florida at 1:30 Sunday.
Chick fil-A Bowl in town
The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be in Commonwealth Stadium for the second straight week scouting the University of Kentucky. UK (6-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) is already bowl eligible. Its opponent, Vanderbilt, needs one more win to become eligible. The Chick-fil-A Bowl pits an SEC team against an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The game kicks off at 7:30 on New Year's Eve in the Georgia Dome and is televised by ESPN. The Chick-fil-A would seem to be a logical destination for the Wildcats if they could get at least one more win. They haven't appeared in the bowl game since 1993, when it was known as the Peach Bowl. Also, UK fans have traveled extremely well to Atlanta for the SEC Tournament.
21 seniors honored
UK's 21 departing seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The senior Cat Walk is scheduled to take place at 5:45 in front of Gate 1.
A late addition to the list is defensive lineman Austin Moss, who has decided to give up his final year of eligibility.