Brooks pleased with second scrimmage
Chip Cosby / Herald-Leader Staff Writer
The offense was on the spot during the University of Kentucky’s second scrimmage yesterday, and while no statistics were released, the first words that came out of Rich Brooks’ mouth automatically meant a better showing for the much-maligned unit.
“We did score touchdowns today,” Brooks said, noting that most of the scrimmage pitted the first-team offense against the second-team defense and vice versa.
The offense was kept out of the end zone in the first scrimmage last week, which sparked concerns about the unit heading into next Sunday’s opener at Louisville.
Brooks said that the offensive line, under the microscope after being called out by him last week, showed improvement yesterday. The quarterbacks were not allowed to be hit, but Brooks estimated there would have been only two sacks if the quarterbacks took contact.
“The protection was much better today,” he said. “There were some good runs made, there were some holes, there was some push moving the pile. It looked more like what I thought it was going to look today than it did last week.”
Brooks said it’s still hard to get a good read on exactly where his team’s at.
“It’s a little scary obviously because you never know who’s doing something good or who’s doing not so good because you’re going against yourself,” Brooks said. “But there were a lot of good individual plays today.”
Brooks will put the players through a light practice Sunday before giving them the day off on Monday. The Wildcats will start their normal game week routine on Tuesday.
“We didn’t look as quick as we needed to be today,” Brooks said. “We need to freshen up and get some bounce back in our step now.”
Brooks said the only real disappointment from the scrimmage was the performance of kicker Lones Seiber.
“He missed several field goals that he’s got to make,” he said.
Season ticket sales surpass ’07
With UK’s home opener less than two weeks away, more than 52,800 season tickets have been issued, already surpassing the total for 2007.
For the general public, less than 700 season tickets remain at a cost of $230 (upper level sideline) or $195 (upper level goal line) each. At this time, the only way for the public to acquire tickets for the South Carolina and Georgia games is by purchasing a season ticket.
The 52,800 number includes 5,540 season tickets purchased by students. Student sales continue at a brisk pace and the final number is expected to surpass the student record of 5,568 season tickets bought last year.
“The fans have been great,” Brooks said. “It’s obvious they’re anticipating the upcoming season as well. I’m hopeful that we can close out the remaining tickets in the next couple of weeks and have a complete sellout in season tickets, which we’re very close to doing. Now we need all of them in there screaming like crazy at every home game.”
The UK athletics ticket office, located in the Joe Craft Center, has extended window hours until the first home game. Ticket office window sales will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 5. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.ukathletics.com
. The phone number is 800-928-CATS or (859) 257-1818. Wildcat fans broke every school record for attendance last season: total attendance of 550,588 in eight home games; average attendance of 68,824 per game, and a single-game record of 71,024 for the Florida game.
Pulley on TV
Wildcat fans can catch former UK quarterback Curtis Pulley on the airwaves several times throughout the season. Pulley enrolled at Florida A&M this week, and the Rattlers are on either ESPNU or ESPN Classic three times. They play at Delaware State on Thursday, Sept. 4 on ESPNU, host Winston Salem State Thursday, Oct. 9 on ESPNU, and host Bethune-Cookman Sat. Nov. 22 on ESPN Classic.
‘Tom’s Top 25 Calls’ set for Aug. 30
Tom’s Top 25 Calls, a countdown of UK play-by-play announcer Tom Leach’s most memorable moments on the microphone, will air Saturday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. on WKYT-TV. Leach has been calling Kentucky football games since 1997. Quarterbacks Tim Couch and Andre Woodson were directly involved in four of the plays — tying for the most of any individual. The 2006 season had the most plays to make the list. Once the countdown gets to the Top 10, there will be interviews with players and coaches talking about the specific plays.
Tom’s Top 25 Calls is preceded by Dave Baker’s SEC preview at 8, and a UK preview featuring Rob Bromley and former UK quarterback Tim Couch at 8:30.