Joker Looking for Answers as Cats Prepare for Spurrier, South Carolina

10/04/2011 09:45 AM

Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips is trying to right the ship following UK’s 35-7 loss to No. 1 LSU on Saturday. The Wildcat offense has been one of the country’s worst through four games, ranking near the bottom of the FBS in several major categories.
Phillips made a quarterback change to start the second half of the LSU game, benching an ineffective Morgan Newton in favor of true freshman Max Smith. A shellshocked Smith then proceeded to give up six points when he was sacked and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu returned the ensuing fumble 20 yards.
Phillips said that Newton will remain the starter, but added that the junior still needs to clean up some things.

Phillips could turn to freshman Bookie Cobbins to try and jump-start the offense this weekend when the Cats travel to No. 18 South Carolina. Cobbins hasn’t played in any of the first four games but is getting looks at quarterback and receiver in practices.

South Carolina doesn’t figure to be a in a good mood when the Cats arrive. The Gamecocks are fresh off their first loss of the season, a 16-13 defeat at the hands of Auburn. And Steve Spurrier surely hasn’t forgotten last season’s game, a 31-28 UK win that was his first loss ever to a Kentucky team. Phillips talks about the daunting task of facing the Gamecocks.

The Cats and Gators kick off at 12:21 on the SEC Network.


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