In the off-season, Joker Phillips hired veteran coach Rick Minter to coordinate the Kentucky defense.
In year number one under Phillips as head coach, the defense didn’t perform consistently and the Wildcats slipped to 6-7, winning just two SEC games. Kentucky finished 45th in total defense,72nd in scoring defense, and 85th against the run.
This summer, Minter has created a number of pre-recorded voice-over film sessions that he expects the players to watch on their own time.
Cornerback Randall Burden told KentuckySports.com , “It's weird because, in past seasons, we'd watch film and then talk amongst ourselves. Now he's talking during the film. It's kind of strange."
Minter’s first challenge will come against Western Kentucky is the season-opener. The game will be played in Nashville, TN. The next three games are in Lexington against Central Michigan, Louisville, and Florida.