LEXINGTON, Ky. —
Phillips said his hope was getting to next season and seeing if growth resulted from this year’s struggles. That prospect became more difficult behind a string of blowout losses, including the last two games by a 73-10 margin.
He said the offense started the season well — before the injuries.
“In the first three games we showed improvement offensively and it’s hard not to notice that,” Phillips said. “We made improvements on special teams and when we started showing improvement defensively, the injuries hit. And then it hit special teams. When (sophomore quarterback) Max (Smith) goes out, we go the other way offensively.
“Therefore, you don’t get a chance to continue what you hope to do.