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Don’t Sleep on Jalen Whitlow

The quarterback picture didn’t necessarily clear up much with the hundreds of interviews taking place at various spots in Commonwealth Stadium today. Joker Phillips talked about the competition for the top spot in his opening news conference, and then a number of players (including the 3 leading candidates, Max Smith, Patrick Towles and Morgan Newton) chimed in on the subject matter as well. The only thing certain at this point…is that nothing is certain. Smith, Towles and Newton all seem to speak with a bit of an edge, a definite desire, to be the #1 guy. One name that continued to pop up though among the conversations was freshman Jalen Whitlow. And believe me, it wasn’t the media members fishing for a fourth quarterback to throw into the equation. The three guys were all volunteering Whitlow’s name and talents on their own.

Whitlow is a guy with a lot of size, coming in at 6-2, 210 lbs. The freshman hails from Prattville, Alabama and his recruitment flew a bit under the radar with the local quarterback sensation Patrick Towles nabbing most of the headlines. Whitlow’s athletic ability has been praised since the moment the Kentucky coaches landed him. He helped his high school team to an Alabama state championship and finished as the #32 overall prospect out of the state of Alabama. Although Whitlow was brought to Kentucky with the potential to play a number of positions, yet he still has his heart set on competing for the quarterback role. In fact, that’s a large part of the reason he came to Kentucky. The coaching staff promised him a chance, at the very least.

“My senior year, most people started recruiting me as a receiver or an athlete. Kentucky gave me a shot to play quarterback if I worked hard. I wanted to play quarterback,” Whitlow stated. “That was number one on my list. If I have to play another position, I’m happy to. But that was number one on my list.”

Morgan Newton believes Whitlow factors into the equation heading into the rest of the summer workouts, “One thing people are overlooking is that we’ve got another quarterback, Jalen Whitlow, who’s just as good.”

Whitlow is aware that the pack is thick in the race to be Kentucky’s starting quarterback. He’s not afraid to compete along with the other 3 guys who are garnering the majority of the attention. With that said, he is willing to do whatever it takes to help this Kentucky team win on the field this season.

“Wherever I can help the team out—receiver, in the Wildcat. Might even do some kick returns.”

Whitlow has the look of a guy who can help this team out in some capacity next season. Not only do his teammates speak extremely highly of him, but his size and strength stood out among the crowd on media day. He seems anxious and eager to compete, and knows the challenge ahead is a big one.

“It’s not high school anymore. You gotta learn to be a man quick. This isn’t baby football. This is SEC football.”

I’m just here to tell you, along with the rest of the quarterback contingent…don’t sleep on Jalen Whitlow. I’m not saying he will be the starting quarterback this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in a potential variety of roles on the field this season.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

9 Comments for Don’t Sleep on Jalen Whitlow

  1. BHAM
    6:15 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    I live In Birmingham, have family in Prattville where Jalen is from and I had the chance to see him play last year. Prattville High School is a powerhouse in Bama. Kid is LEGIT. May not turn out to be a QB but the guy is an unbelievable athlete. He did everything for his highschool team. We are lucky to have this kind of athlete at UK, very lucky.

  2. Who cares
    6:21 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares way too much football talk on here same story just a different year.

  3. Goodluckjoker
    7:06 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    Kid may be good, but how did he get away from Bama ,AU, and UAB. Hard to compete in the sec with 40th best player in a state other then Flordis and Texas. For UK to be good we must win the recruiting battle in Louisville. That is how Brooks built us up and Joker had a lot to do with that. He needs to go back to the basics.

  4. big tim
    7:12 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    i think hes going to be a wildcat guy like cobb

  5. TheCobbFactor
    7:26 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    This young man is for real………..everyone will be talking about his Saturday contributions on Sunday!

    Write it down, baby!

  6. chardun
    7:27 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    #2 do you have any friends? Your life must be boring if you have nothing to do but comment on UK football, something you no intrest in.

  7. jacob
    7:28 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    #2 if u dont want football news then go to aaronsulbasketballblog has the same bball news there as it does here if not then dont complain this is not it football season what else are we going to talk about?

  8. blueinbama
    9:44 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    Whitlow is for real. He should have started in HS but shared time with Justin Thomas – Ga Tech commit. Whitlow is big, fast, a good arm, and versatile. He will be an asset for the Blue in the coming years.

  9. Ex-Cat
    11:13 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    I swear to baby Jesus, if Morgan Newton trots onto that field at Papa John’s to take the opening snaps of the game I will turn my TV off and not watch a single snap of UK football for the first time in my life. And I will do it with no regrets. And it will certainly and deserving(ly) mark the end of Joker Phillips and Randy Sanders time at UK. To anyone who knows/understands football it is that easy. I will not argue anymore about this topic because it isn’t needed.