l wanted to get a Kentucky fan’s view of this week’s game between the Dogs and the Cats, so I checked in with my old friend Herb to see what he was expecting.
I mentioned how concerned I was about how Georgia handling QB-turned-receiver/runner Randall Cobb in the “WildCobb” formation (this was before word came out that Cobb was “questionable” for the Georgia game).
“I think you guys will win by two touchdowns,” Herb said flatly. (Here it should be noted that Herb could teach Vince Dooley a thing or two about talking up your opponent. He said almost exactly the same thing before the game in 2006 … the one the Wildcats won 24-20.)
Back to Herb: “[Randall] Cobb and [tailback Derrick] Locke are both nursing leg injuries, but will probably try to play. We have a couple of others who are unlikely to get in the game, including [cornerback Trevard] Lindley, who we really need on defense. I feel the Dogs have turned the season around, plus it’s Senior Day in Athens. Your running game appears to be much improved.”
I asked Herb if it was really true that Kentucky fans are restless with head coach Rich Brooks, who has made Kentucky football respectable again and beat Auburn this year, though the Cats lost to Mississippi State.
“I don’t think Brooks is in any real trouble,” Herb said, “but he’s in his late 60s and retirement couldn’t be far off. Joker [Phillips, the designated future head coach] is waiting in the wings, and who knows where his coaching will lead.”
Then, like a true blue Wildcats fan, Herb turned the subject back to what really interests him: basketball.
“What’s your feeling about Fox?”
I told him I like what I’ve seen so far of Mark Fox, but he has a mountain of work ahead of him since Dennis Felton left him only one real player.
But that’s a discussion for another day. I’m still worrying about the Dogs taking care of the football Cats on Saturday without A.J. Green to catch a game-winning touchdown like last year.