Published March 23, 2011 - 11:09am
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Well, that was a nice couple of months. After finding out that Lamar Dawson and Jon Davis were not bringing their talents to Lexington on National Signing Day, I went to my bedroom and cried and went into a short hibernation. I woke up a month and half later and a lot of things had happened. Apparently coach Joker Phillips and his coaching staff landed what is probably the most talented recruiting class in the history of Wildcat Football.
A few names you might want to get familiar with include Daryl Collins (who originally committed to Alabama but was snatched away by Tee Martin), Bookie Cobbins (best nickname in college football), Glenn Faulkner, Bubba Tandy (whose 1 point helped lead Christian County to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Title), Shaq Love(best real name in college football), Max Smith and Zach West.
Also, spring practice in officially underway and Coach Joker Phillips blessed us with a few nuggets of information that you need to know.
- Kentucky does not have a “Wildcat” package in the offense as of right now. As everyone knows, we also do not have a Randall Cobb on the roster as of right now. Rumors are that the UK staff told Bubba Tandy that he would possibly step into the Wildcat roll that Cobb filled during his three years in Lexington. Phillips did say that he thought that Morgan Newton’s scrambling ability would offset the loss of the Wildcat sets from last year.
- Morgan Newton is currently listed as the first team quarterback and that comes as no surprise. The coaching staff is excited to see Max Smith, who has been on campus since December as a grayshirt. Smith was able to participate in some bowl practices and both Phillilps and QB coach Randy Sanders were impressed with his ability.
- Speculation is that with Rick Minter being added as co-defensive coordinator in the offseason, the Wildcats would switch over to a 3-4 defense, but Phillips says the team will primarily use the 4-3. He added that they will mix things up and ultimately want to have a 4-2-5 look to allow for more speed on the field. I for one wish we could petition the SEC to allow us to play 13 players on defense because Winston Guy is usually on the ground and Mychal Bailey is usually busy celebrating big tackles that he makes after a 35-yard gain.
- Not like he really needed it, but Danny Trevathan has added 10-15 pounds. Phillips said he looks good. According to Phillips, he doesn’t have a man crush on Trevathan. I can’t confirm that my friend Tim Smith of www.tale8ers.com doesn’t have a man crush on Trevathan.