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UK notes: Minter says Cats have a lot of work to do on defense

UK's Danny Trevathan and the the UK defense  swarmed Pitt's Dion Lewis as he ran the ball around the end as the University of Kentucky played the University of Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL., Saturday, January, 08, 2011. This is second quarter action. Charles Bertram | Staff
UK's Danny Trevathan and the the UK defense swarmed Pitt's Dion Lewis as he ran the ball around the end as the University of Kentucky played the University of Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL., Saturday, January, 08, 2011. This is second quarter action. Charles Bertram | Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kentucky's 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday showed new UK defensive boss Rick Minter just how much work he has ahead of him.

The Wildcats gave up 261 rushing yards and allowed the Panthers to convert on 50 percent (six of 12) of their third downs.

Minter said the Panthers gave his defense a "butt whippin.' "

"What I saw on the football field today, while I'm not discouraged, it was totally unacceptable," Minter said. "We came here to try and stop the run, and it's hard to do in a short period of time, but we will get it done. I don't question their effort. But we've got to tackle a whole lot better in space."

The UK defense did have an interception on its first series and appeared to have a second consecutive turnover, only to have a fumbled lateral call overturned.

"That would have been a momentum swing," Minter said. "With the quarterback situation, our team needed every little spark we could get to jump-start us."

Minter has hinted at moving to a 3-4 base defense, and the Cats showed a three-man front at times Saturday. Minter is hoping to get more familiar with the personnel and implement more changes during the off-season.

"I look forward to the winter when I get a chance to know the kids a whole lot better, and we'll start from square one here in a couple of weeks," he said.

Brown uncertain about future

Steve Brown, who was demoted to co-coordinator upon Minter's arrival, said he doesn't know whether he'll remain on the UK staff.

"I have no idea," he said. "I don't have any idea what God has planned for me. Whatever I'm doing, I'm going to make sure I'm doing my best.

"I'm meant to be a teacher. Whether it's here or wherever, I'm going to do my best."

Brown has maintained a low profile since the demotion and hasn't made any derogatory comments about the move.

"I'm not going to say it hasn't been extremely tough, but hopefully by my actions and the way I've approached it, some of the players can understand if they go through any kind of adversity how to handle it and how to deal with it," he said. "I hope they won't be sour or this or that."

No news on Cobb, Trevathan

UK junior receiver Randall Cobb had five receptions for 62 yards, three carries for 23 yards and returned two punts for 18 yards and four kickoffs for 101 yards in what might have been his last game as a Wildcat.

Cobb has until Jan. 15 to decide whether to enter the NFL Draft, and he said after the game that he will use this week to talk with his family and make a decision.

Saturday, Cobb set the Southeastern Conference single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,396, breaking the record of 2,310 by Arkansas' Darren McFadden in 2007.

Junior linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is also considering entering the NFL Draft, wasn't available to the media after the game because he was getting treatment for a sprained wrist.

Trevathan was credited with 12.5 tackles and became the first Wildcat to record double-figure tackles in nine consecutive games since Marty Moore in 1991-92.

Cobble makes debut

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Mister Cobble made his Wildcats debut on Saturday. Cobble said he played about 35 plays and was credited with one tackle.

"I didn't play to the level I wanted to play," he said. "I didn't get the things I wanted to get done. It was my first game and the jitters really got to me."

Official attendance

The official attendance for Saturday's game was 41,207, slightly less than the 45,254 that watched UConn beat South Carolina 20-7 in last year's game at Legion Field.

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