Ten quick things from the UK football scrimmage today:
1. Look for a quarterback announcement soon. The guess here remains Patrick Towles, though word is true freshman Drew Barker has impressed the coaches. Reese Phillips will probably be the backup with Barker penciled in the redshirt role. Maxwell Smith still getting healthy.
2. The passing game got a lot of work in Saturday’s scrimmage. Mark Stoops said the “dropback” game looked better. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said the passing game still needs work and would get a lot of work over the next week.
3. Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot appear fairly pleased with the progression of the first-team defense. Still looking to develop depth.
5. Stoops said true freshman linebacker Kobie Walker has been impressive, but will most likely redshirt.
6. Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Badet, who is coming off a leg injury, suffered an eye injury when he was hit by a tennis ball during a drill.
7. The true freshman who participated in spring drills have shown a significant difference in the fall. “That’s a huge benefit, but the other side of the coin is they probably missed something in high school, too,” said Neal Brown. “But they’re definitely University of Kentucky football players because they were here in the spring.”
8. Brown on the offensive line: “Kyle Meadows is further along then where I thought he was, made a huge jump since the spring. Interior wise, Nick Haynes and Cole Mosier have come on. Zach Myers is a lot better football player than he was at any point last year. So I feel better about it. Are we there yet? Nope. No we’re not. We need some more bodies. But I am pleased with those guys that I think we’re counting on to be backups.”
9. Monday is the team’s final open practice of the fall. It is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Fans are welcome to attend at the Nutter Training Facility.
10. Along with Joe Craft, the football coaches did take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” with the players dumping the buckets on the coaches. Eliot reports that it felt, “Like an ice bucket. It felt like somebody dumping an ice bucket on you.”
Down in the Bahamas, the UK basketball team did the “Ice Bucket Challenge” as well.
Related link: Jen Smith’s UK football blog