It seemed as though Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips was a bit frustrated after practice on Thursday.
Joker told reporters, “I think we are doing the big things really, really well. We have to understand that the little things is why we were 6-7. I’m not sure if our guys really are getting the message. Turnovers, penalties, transitioning from drill to drill. The margin was really really small how close we were to being a team that won 8, 9, or even 10 games.”
“I think we are doing the big things really well. We’re not doing the little things. Picking up trash over here. Those are little things that are the difference between winning and losing. I pick up more trash than all the guys. That’s how I was brought up.”
“Little things, meaning bringing your feet when your tackling, staying up when your tackling…we have way too many guys on the ground. When you leave your feet, you’re not playing with fundamentals.”
“Our guys are running to the ball from snap to whistle. We play with some enthusiasm. We are playing with attitude. We got to play smarter. We got to take the proper steps every time.”
The Wildcats open up the season against Western Kentucky. The game will be played in Nashville, TN.