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By LORI METCALF
Just wanted to let you know the women’s clinic this year was AWESOME! I went with my sister-in-law again and her cousin, who also had been before. We agreed that this was the best one of the Joker Phillips era.
We especially enjoyed the interactive aspects of it, which were more expansive than in previous years. I got to be a tight end during the defensive demonstrations running three slant patterns and two go routes. During special teams, Coach Greg Nord had us out on the field with the chance to catch punts (I did not) and kickoffs as well as attempting to kick/hold PATs. We also understand when/how special teams have to be “in the box” on the sidelines. I was a bomber, or a member of the punt coverage. On offense, Coach Sanders’ put us through WR drills and RB drills. Not everyone participated in all the above events, but everyone who wanted to had the opportunity.
Another fascinating discussion was Nolan Jones, director of FB ops, explaining the logistics of getting the team out and back on a road trip. There are ten million details he has to account for, not the least of which is meals and snacks. Boy, do those guys eat! It was nice to see Jeremy Jarmon in UK blue again. I got to visit with him a little bit and he was so excited to be there. He told me that the players, coaches and other staff love the women’s clinic. I think many of them see it as the kickoff of the season just like we do.
We had the chance to meet what seemed like dozens of the players. There were several returning players and lots of new faces as well. I’m always pleased to hear the coaches talk about the players being good men as well as good athletes. This year is no exception. And to a man, each of the players we met was polite and friendly and seemed excited about the season ahead.
Lisa Ellis and her crew did another bang-up job and I’m excited about this season. There’s no doubt that it will be a rebuilding year, but there are 200 women who are behind the Cats all the way.