Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kentucky football ready to rise?

The Kentucky Wildcats finished their 2010 season 6-7 overall, 2-6 in the SEC. The Wildcats are not  normally known as a dominant force in football, so head coach Joker Phillips said his team has a new theme this year: Rise.

Phillips cited a win over South Carolina last season as evidence the Wildcats can do just that.

“We have shown that Kentucky can compete in this league,” Phillips said.

But to compete every week, quarterback Morgan Newton said, some fine tuning is necessary.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re the most prepared team, the smartest team,” he said. “It just comes down to winning games. We’ve got to really want to win more than our opponents.”

 Despite the loss of high-caliber offensive players like Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke, Newton said there are players ready to fill the void.

"It’ll be different not having them out because that’s what I know of Kentucky football, having those guys around and back there making plays,” Newton said. “It’ll be different, but I think we’ve got a great group of guys that’ll come in. That’s what they recruit for.”

--Laura Owens