Posted: Jun 14, 2012 5:53 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jun 14, 2012 6:10 PM
"Hi, welcome guys, I'm Joker Phillips," says UK wide out La'Rod King. "This is the white, Joker Phillips. I'm just kidding."
The white Joker Phillips is center, Matt Smith.
That's how the tour of the Nutter Training Facility facelift began.
The two talented seniors and leaders from Louisville, had fun talking about the mainly cosmetic changes to where UK football players spend a lot of time. Better pictures creates a better atmosphere. UK spent over $150,000 on the facelift.
At the end of the tour, there was a big sign just outside the door to the weight room. It was all about playing Louisville.
"I absolutely hate Louisville," says La'Rod King. "I can't stand them. So when I come in here I get angry and I want to work out that much harder to get where I need to get to."
Matt Smith isn't in love with his rival.
"We only have 78 days left 'til I play my final game in my home city against Louisville," says Smith. "So it's a huge game for me."
There is nothing not to like about the changes.
"Right when I got back from Africa, I got picked up at the airport and brought straight back (to Nutter)," Smith said. "Me, Mikie (Benton) and Larry (Warford) were probably the first three to see it of the players. It just blew us away. I was in here left and right taking pictures of everything and going home and showing my family."
The NFL pictures of former Cats is a nice touch. Smith gets it. It's not only a good thing for today's players, but tomorrow's as well.
"It really gives us a chance to recruit some good players. Part of competing in the SEC every year is having facilities that look nice and they really did a good job of upgrading all this stuff for us. It gives us a lot of hope and energy when we walk in here everyday and see something new."
Seniors everywhere want to go out the right way. For today, you can talk about winning the SEC Championship. For today, every school is on equal footing.
"It's exciting and depressing at the same time," says La'Rod King. "It's my last go around and at the same time I want to go out with a bang. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to make it this far."
For today, there is plenty of hope, and an obvious feeling that UK owes Louisville because of last season.