The biggest news out of the University of Kentucky's Monday news conference came courtesy of the depth chart, where walk-on Luke McDermott is listed as a starter at defensive tackle next to senior Ricky Lumpkin.
McDermott, a fourth-year junior out of Louisville Trinity, has played in six career games, and he appears to have the confidence of his teammates.
"He's always going to be after it," Lumpkin said. "He's got an engine; he's got a motor. I've seen him get knocked down going through slide protection and he gets up and keeps doing it. He's got the respect of everybody on the team. It shouldn't raise any eyebrows, but it will. It'll be like, 'Luke McDermott? Who's that? But they're in for a surprise. Luke's going to have a good year."
In other depth-chart developments, Matt Smith has beaten out Jake Lanefksi at center, and Billy Joe Murphy will start over Brad Durham at right tackle.
Sanders to call plays
Coach Joker Phillips said offensive coordinator Randy Sanders will call plays from the press box Saturday, but he added that it will be a team effort. Fourth-string quarterback Tyler Sargent and receivers coach Tee Martin will signal in the plays from the sidelines.
"We all will have input," Phillips said. "We can't waste any eyes. We can't have Steve Brown up in the box not looking at the game, looking at something he sees that can help us. Same thing with Randy Sanders when we're on defense. If he sees something that the offense is doing that he thinks (we) can take advantage (of), expect him to tell us that we need to blitz from the weak side."
It marks the first time in several years that Phillips, the former offensive coordinator, will be on the sidelines instead of up in the press box.
"It'll be different from the box; having all those people turn around and look at you," Phillips joked.
Cats bounce back from scrimmage
Phillips said he was pleased with how his team responded on Sunday after what he called a poor final scrimmage on Saturday
"The film was not as bad as it looked on Saturday," Phillips said. "I thought (Sunday) was as good of a mental practice as we've had since we've been around here."
Evans: Line motivated by Strong
Senior defensive end DeQuin Evans said the defensive line is motivated by comments made by Louisville Coach Charlie Strong regarding the Cardinals offensive line being the strength of his team.
"He said that as the (Louisville) offensive line goes, we go," Evans said. "My coach always brings that up. I take that as a slight to the defensive line, more than anything. We're the guys that have got to bang with them up front every play, so we take that kind of personally. I just feel like we've got to do something up front about that so that won't happen."
Phillips said two players will miss the Louisville game with ankle injuries: junior tight end Nick Melillo and redshirt freshman safety Dakotah Tyler. Receiver Gene McCaskill is out for the season with a knee injury.
Randall Cobb and DeQuin Evans have been named permanent captains; Mike Hartline and Ricky Lumpkin will serve as game captains for the Louisville game
UK Alumni Association tailgate
The UK Alumni Association Tailgate Tour 2010 will kick off Saturday outside Gate 17 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The tailgate begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for students, $10 for alumni association members and $15 for non-members. A catered lunch from Mark's Feed Store will be included and a cash bar will be available. Make reservations at www.ukalumni.net/tailgate.