Joker Phillips announced this morning that projected starting CB Marcus Caffey academically ineligible this season. Caffey was a star of spring practice after moving from tailback to cornerback, and Joker raved about his potential throughout the spring and summer, but alas, UK will have to find a way to replace him and compensate for an already thin defensive backfield.
Safety Martavius Neloms moves back to corner from safety to make up for loss of Caffey. Neloms has played CB in the past, and UK has a strong group of safeties. Time for Ashley Lowery and Glenn Faulkner to step up.
Also announced was that freshman DB Shawn Blaylock will have season ending knee surgery. He will however report to camp. Phillips also announced freshman wide receiver J. D. Harmon will also move to cornerback.
Phillips says QB Max Smith is so excited about freshman WR DeMarcus Sweat that he asked to room with him.
Joker says first time ever had players wanting to watch film, etc., on weekends, off days. Changing it so players can get into facility
Joker praises offensive and defensive line depth. Says D-Line depth should be the strength of the team.
Joker: Freshman LB Khalid Henderson “has a lot of fire in his belly,” was eager to get in for extra workouts.
Phillips: “Miles Simpson is now one of the leaders of this football team.”
Phillips on Landon Foster, likely starting punter as freshman: “We liked his poise, liked his confidence, like his athletic ability.”
The UK freshmen have been banned from Twitter until Aug. 15. Upperclassmen get the same news tonight. Joker: “We’ve got better things to do”
Joker: Donte Rumph is becoming one of those guys that understands how to do things right all the time.
Joker said “Morgan Newton is ready to go. He’s ready to compete.”
RB Josh Clemons and WR Gene McCaskill will practice every other day to keep them healthy during camp.
Joker is excited about Demarco Robinson and Daryl Collins. Said they both made several plays in every scrimmage.
Joker: “I want to make a decision at the quarterback position as fast as we possibly can. I wish it was already made.”
Phillips: “Patrick Towles figures in this. He figures in it a lot. He’s a guy that we’ve got to find out how much he can do.”
Joker: “From August to December, you do nothing outside the program. I learned that. I just don’t have time to do it.”
In some positive news, the Green Bay Packers locked up former UK punter Tim Masthay by signing him to a 4-year, $5.465M extension through 2016. It also comes with a $1.2million signing bonus.