With only one win on the season, UK has to look toward the future. That's why both Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will play against Vandy, both need the experience.
"Every day is a learning experience for them," Phillips said. "They are freshmen trying to learn have to defeat different types of defense and fast defenses. The defense we play this week is ranked really high and only giving up 19 points a game and bring blitzes from everywhere. Probably the best team we have seen as far as disguising blitzes. You don't see that as the ball is getting into your hands and you have to be able to react to it as quickly as you possibly can. Those guys are doing a good job of coming out here and trying to be better."
Phillips said the loss of starting quarterback Maxwell Smith hurt the offense, but they will not use it as an excuse. The head coach said he and the staff still expect results.
"Although it did hurt us and we had to change gears, but it can't be (an excuse)," Phillips said. "We have had to change gears around here a lot. We still expect results, we haven't got them the way we would like to, but we expect results."
Towles says he understands all the mistakes he made against Missouri, and they're all correctable. Now he needs to make his case for next season too.
"We have to win, that's the only thing that really matters. After that, I need to play well to establish myself and the team as a contender for next year," said Towles.