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Chatter from the coaches about the QB situation

Randy Sanders shared a comment he made to Patrick Towles before the game that turned out to be slightly prophetic. “I told him all week if he didn’t make quick decisions, get the ball out of his hand, he might get his leg broke.” Luckily Towles did not break his leg, but as has become the common theme on the season for this Kentucky football team, Towles left the game early with an injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but at this point the common belief is that Towles just has a sprained ankle. Joker Phillips did allude to the fact that if the injury was too severe, they would apply for a medical hardship and hope to make this a redshirt season for Towles. Following an exciting first (partial) game as a Wildcat, Towles is still hopeful that he can play the rest of the season.

“I want to play. This medical redshirt stuff is great if I can’t get back on the field, but I want to play.”

The other quarterback on the day, Jalen Whitlow, showed moments of brilliance as well as moments where his youth was evident. Randy Sanders expected more from his young quarterback. “I’m going to answer this nicely; it wasn’t close to what I expected or what we need.”

The injury bug can’t be overlooked for this Kentucky football team. Considering the play of Morgan Newton earlier in the season when he had his chances, I think we can all agree that it’s crucial for Patrick Towles to have a speedy recovery. If Jalen Whitlow, who likes to run and receives a lot of contact during games, goes down and a redshirt has to be used on Towles, can Kentucky conceivably go back to Morgan Newton? They might not have a choice.

“It would have to be Morgan,” said Sanders. “Morgan is obviously limited. We know that.”


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

35 Comments for Chatter from the coaches about the QB situation

  1. NostraDanis
    6:05 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Considering that he is responsible for some of the worst offensive play-calling in football history, Randy Sanders should probably just STFU.

  2. Morgan Newton
    6:08 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Morgan is obviously limited? WTF Randy… I thought we were bros.

  3. MemphisCat
    6:08 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Morgan is limited along with the coach staff.

  4. shinny
    6:14 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Randy Sanders is a big part of the problem period!!!!!!!

  5. Phil Fulmer
    6:15 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    You too are limited Randy Sanders. I finally wised up and fired you. Kentucky needs to do the same. LOSER!

  6. Ben
    6:16 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    It really only matters for 6 more games, what this coaching staff thinks! Basketball starts this Friday and then I really don’ t care about football until next year. Joker is not head coach material and I will be glad to see him gone! Great guy, but no head coach!

  7. [email protected]
    6:18 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    The quote of the day during the LSU vs Florida game. “Florida better get use to this defense, this is not Troy State or Kentucky, this is LSU.” Kentucky is a Joke. Playing in SEC is killing them. They should be in DII. Very few players on this roster can compete in a league built for the NFL, and it is showing. The last few years it seems like UK has twice as many injuries as other programs.

  8. idiot
    6:21 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I know we suck but i feel somewhat bad for the players b/c a lot of it is that dumba** Sanders. The guy is the most boring/predicable/ worst coordinator we’ve had. He’s probably used to having things shoved down his throat so he thinks he can do it to defenses’

  9. Mike
    6:23 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Joker and Sanders are so bad and incompetent that they both remind me of the “off” brothers….jerk and jack.

  10. Ubama Bar laden
    6:23 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Jalen Whitlow, showed moments of brilliance…WTF Ally you dumb cunt

  11. Catlogic15
    6:24 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    “Limited”???? Gee, the third week of practice the quarterbacks were “too close to call”. These coaches are idiots. Sum total. Why do we all even waste our time with this program run by fools.

  12. Mike
    6:30 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    The biggest injury to Towles is not the ankle injury. It was having Phillips and the rest of the coaching GOONS designating him as the #4 quarterback.

  13. FrigFullofBeer
    6:32 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Like the sigment they have on Sportsnation on espn, KSR needs to do Total BS or telling the truth when Joker Phillips talks about loses and reason game why things didnt go as planned!!! I’d be like Colin Cowherd and choose total bs everytime….. Ha

  14. Williamsburg
    6:35 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    “He tried really hard Grandma”
    “So do washing machines”
    -Xmas Vacation

  15. Mike
    6:40 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Barney…..How much longer do we need to suffer thru this gross INEPTITUDE?? Please open you ears, eyes, and wallet and get us out of this total embarassment.

  16. JBR
    6:53 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    7, you just wrong. The talent on this team is not great, but it is good enough to be a bowl team. What they lack is a coaching staff that can coach AND motivate. This staff is just horrible. Joker was infatuated with Newton since he arrived on campus…ran off Mossakowski…and look at what Newton ended up being.

    Today made one thing obvious for me. Towles should have been that starter from day 1. And no, not because I am bandwagon, or think that just because he is a KY kid…but when he came on the field, he was in command. He cared. He WANTED to succeed and he went right out there and he was in charge. That is rare in our program, and Joker sucks it out of most of the kids that come in with it. But he is a winner, and he has the mentality to take control. I know he is a freshman, and would make many, many freshman mistakes…but give me a kid with that heart and attitude…I want him leading my team.

  17. Bad brad
    6:57 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Better do something sooner than later. To many other schools with probable coaching changes at the end of the season (Arkansas, Auburn? Ewe Tee?)

  18. Catlogic15
    6:57 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I would NEVER allow my son to play for Joker Phillips and let him get my boy hurt through his idiotic coaching schemes. And I’m talking EVERY position.

  19. BBN
    7:02 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    MITCH, fire joker NOW, before he literally gets one of our kids killed.

    Towles dad should whoop joker’s azz.

  20. Mike
    7:22 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    It is possibly more exciting watching paint dry than suffering thru interviews with Phillips or Sanders. That is a tossup as to who can excite more when the mic is put in their faces. Sanders has the scowl of a man about to catch a one way flight out of town. He would possibly stay airborn more if he had a lip transplant.

  21. Joe Dan Gorman
    7:24 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky & Kansas football teams have been invited to play each other in the Short Bus Bowl. Woo Hoo!

  22. barn
    7:32 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    a wasted year for towles. it’s a shame for him. i think he got some bad advice during his recruitment

  23. martyFeldmanEyes
    7:36 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the effort PT!

    Get healed up soon – we need your kind of enthusiasm and leadership!

    Ignore all the idiots on here who don’t “get it.”

  24. barn
    7:41 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    23–we idiots get it. towles has been thrown into a no-win situation for him. evidence today

  25. Tennessee Wildcat
    7:53 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    We better find a great coach that can recruit, or we may just as well resign ourselves to seasons similar to this, only slightly better, or leave the SEC. I agree with everyone about Towles. He should have been starting from game one. The O line had better protect him if he is able to come back, but game experience will help and if he can play, I say, let him have the reps.

  26. Tebkats
    7:57 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    There is no way that Towles can play quarterback for UK. Although his playing time was limited because of the injury not once did he throw a pass behind his receiver. There is no way he will make it at UK by hitting his receiver in the numbers and allowing them a chance to actually catch the ball.

  27. hillbilly wildcat
    8:28 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    QB has no impact on Win/Loss. Talent & depth gap too wide right now. Not to mention how soft were are up front on both sides of the ball. Hell, even our RB and WR are about 5’9″. Where’s Stevie Johnson and Keenan Burton (2 NFL caliber players) when you need them.

  28. MemphisCat
    8:55 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we can be like Notre Dame, with the football team going independent and Mitch and Joker picking who we play and try to go 6-5, 7-4 every year. (If they are smart enough to pick weak teams that we have a chance to beat) Continue to play in the SEC in all other sports. Just a thought….

  29. Oogie
    10:52 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Joker haters, we get it. You can’t stand the guy. But blaming him for Towles getting injured is asinine. Come on.

  30. TakethoseonionsoffmyslidersTim
    11:04 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that little bit of playing time in a game in which we had 0 chance of winning was worth burning a redshirt year. Kentucky football = JOKE!!!

  31. Diamond
    11:04 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    # 28 That would be great, however I don’t know if they could pick 6- 7 team to beat. Kentucky should play football in the FCS. There is several schools that do this. Check the CAA conference, schools play football and are in basketball conference’s like the Big East, Atlantic 10, etc. Why does Kentucky’s player always get injured. Answer: poor weight training and conditioning programs. Plus they are so much smaller than normal football players. You cant have a running game when your RB’s are less than 200 lbs and short.Results your QB’s get killed, because your passing 50+ times a game.

  32. Andy
    12:04 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Towles finally got to play but now is injured. If he doesn’t get the medical redshirt, then a year wasted for one game. Things are bad but they are about to get way way worse. UKs next win will come against Samford. This is basically a 2 win season and our QB’s are dropping like flies. Talk about bad luck as well in the case of Towles.

  33. BravoBigBlue
    7:45 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    UK will never have a solid football program until a chis made at AD. Listened to Tom Leach’s interview with Mitch yesterday. Mitch made excuses for Joker – youth, injuries, etc. He was just giddy about track, volleyball, and women’s basketball. Hardly talked about men’s basketball. Know why? Cause he has nothing to do with it! Fire this ass-clown!

  34. Beavis
    8:35 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Program is awash with problems. Need a strong commitment from the top down to the football program. Have not had that under our current AD and if it does not come ,, fire his ass. Only way to cure the problems,,,clean house and take a new direction.

  35. C1CF
    9:09 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Pitino is not the only coach in America to have injured players.