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Injuries continue to mount for Kentucky quarterbacks

As Kentucky exited summer training camp, head coach Joker Phillips raved about the health of his football team.

“I don’t think we’ve been this healthy going into a season in all of my time [at Kentucky]. Knock on wood.”

Phillips must not have knocked hard enough because Kentucky has been decimated by injuries in the last couple of games, specifically at the quarterback position. The latest causality was true freshman quarterback, Patrick Towles. In only his second career series, Towles suffered an ankle injury and would not return to the game. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but with Phillips mentioning a medical redshirt for him at the post-game press conference, things look bleak for the young quarterback.

Towles seeing action in Saturday’s 27-14 loss to Mississippi State means Kentucky has now played four quarterbacks at the position this season. Original starter Maxwell Smith was the first to go down. Smith suffered a shoulder injury in the third game of the season, followed by an ankle injury in last week’s game that would call for season-ending surgery. When he was healthy, Smith was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the SEC, and even the nation this year.

“Our injury situation continues to mount,” Phillips said. “It’s a little frustrating… because we thought we were going to be really, really good on offense.”

With Smith down, Morgan Newton shoulder not fully healed, and Towles’ health uncertain, the offense falls squarely on the shoulders of another true freshman, Jalen Whitlow. Whitlow, who started today’s game and was called back in after Towles’ injury, readily admitted his struggles against the Bulldogs on Saturday.

“I couldn’t really make the throws,” Whitlow remarked. “I couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean today. It’s tough.”

Whitlow finished the game 10 of 21 for 74 yards passing, along with 8 rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Even though it’s not an ideal stat line for your starting quarterback, Whitlow is pretty much the only guy left for the Wildcats. If Whitlow happens to go down, Phillips will probably have to get creative with who is under center.

Quarterback was arguably the deepest, most talented position at the beginning of the season for the Cats. Now, for the next six games, Kentucky has to hope they can keep their only remaining quarterback healthy.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

24 Comments for Injuries continue to mount for Kentucky quarterbacks

  1. Duke Sucks
    8:14 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    The whole towles situation has totally back fired. His play in one series has made the choice to redshirt him to begian with looks like a bad choice. Then him getting hurt right after makes playing him this year look like a bad choice.
    I thought pulling he redshirt was a horrible choice to start with. Joker put his job above the good of the kid. Karma’s a bitch and looks like it has bite Joker squarely on the ass.

  2. Rick
    8:16 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Call it the “luck of Kentucky” or call it “fate,” but by the end of this season, Morgan F’N Newton will be our starting (and only) quarterback.

  3. dosequis
    8:22 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    The injuries are unfortunate but lets not act as though our win/loss record would be different sans a few injuries.

  4. reality
    8:32 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    I think we could be a top 5 team in Conference USA…. maybe.

  5. ohhai
    8:32 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville benched their starters in the 3rd quarter and western kentucky had a 20(?) point lead on us with our starter. Keep making excuses joker.

  6. WildcatDJ
    8:37 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Take away the injuries and we’re still 1-5.

  7. mashburnfan1
    8:43 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Would not matter if Montana or Marino in their prime were the QB here our coaching staff would lose games and make the players look bad. I am not blaming it all on the joke as our OC and DC need to be gone asap. The joke can recruit and maybe if we had a good OC and DC we could compete with the joke as coach. The young talent is there and more is coming.

  8. MemphisCat
    8:46 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    We would struggle to beat Memphis

  9. crackerhillbilly
    8:49 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry to say, but I hope PT’s ankle injury is season-ending. If it is, he would qualify for a medical redshirt by the skin of his teeth (season-ending injury and participated in 30% or fewer contests, but NONE after the season midpoint which was marked by the end of today’s futile 4th quarter). This could be a special young man – perhaps the injury is a message from above…………DO NOT WASTE A YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY ON THIS TRAIN WRECK OF A SEASON.

  10. ikeeveready
    9:00 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Jokers luck with QBs since he took over has been horrible. We’ve had 3 4star kids, 1 never played and has fallen off the map because of a HS shoulder injury, Morgan had tons of promise after winning against UGA and Auburn but has been banged up, seemingly, since, and now Towles after 1 series.

    Today Whitlow was late on throws (almost getting Robinson killed), missed open receivers for checkdown on 3rd and long, and should have kept half of the zone read balls he let Raymond keep. It was not a good day, but he is a freshman and poor decision making and slow reactions are par for the course. Or are they bad coaching?

    By the way, the play calling aside from the 3 plays mentioned above. . . not that horrible. Poor zone reads combined with zero cutback on the stretch plays is what killed the run game. The blocking was there, the keys were there, but the execution wasn’t. That simple. That’s not solely coaching but youth and inexperience combined with coaching.

  11. cats fan for live
    9:17 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    We will never win if all we play on D is man to man never mx in some zone. We never cover the running back out of the back field. if we do is with a D. End. We can not cover SEC receivers with man to man as young as we are.

  12. Bad rad
    10:18 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    10, seriously! The play calling wasn’t that bad? You must be kin to Randy Sanders. After Towles touchdown, next possession we call three runs up the middle. How bout the 3rd and 12 sweep call? Unbelievable if you don’t question the play calls!

  13. JC
    11:00 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Glad everyone got their wish and Towles got to play. We are the dumbest fanbase alive. We watch horrible high school football and have made an entire career out of watching bad college football and come on message boards like we know who should be starting and what defense to call. I used to think we were smarter than Louisville fans. We aren’t. We worse. We are better educated and shouldn’t have excuses. Let’s get that big coal money. That will solve everything. Hey, beating anyone the last three years, that was the players. Losing the last three years, that was the coaches. Let’s demand no one go to the games……..don’t understand why kids don’t want to come here. Must be the coaches, can’t be us.

  14. Amen
    11:19 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    Amen #13!!!!!

  15. Han
    11:32 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    13) Did we lose any of these games because there weren’t enough fans in the seats? Players don’t want to come here because they don’t want to get blown out. For instance, Wide Receivers don’t want to come here because they don’t want to run screens on 3rd and 20.

    The Chicago Cubs fanbase had 2 million people at games this year. The Cubs hit the 100 loss mark.

  16. Coal keeps the lights on
    11:54 pm October 6, 2012 Permalink

    #15 amen
    13 and 14 are just butt hurt joker homers.
    #13 That big coal money you talk about funds schools all over the state. The coal severance fund has improved infrastructure all over the state. The best thing to do if you don’t like coal and don’t want any part of the money from it. Move to California

  17. W in Chester
    12:39 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I bet now Joker wishes he had a Ryan Moss as qb but he went with his love for duel threat qb’s and stuck with Newton instead of giving Moss a chance. I believe Joker’s getting his just desserts and it will lead him out of Lexington.

  18. The jokes on us
    12:48 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    #17 in think your spot on. The choice to not even open up the QB spot for compition with Moss has plagued Joker from the start. With that move and some of his questionable coaching hires he just can’t get above it. I’m sorry I know I’m going to get killed on here for saying it, but if both QB had been black I think Joker should have had a open compition. Think he is stuck in the old way of thinking that white QB can’t run. Racism is wrong no matter which way it goes. I though Joker would be better then that.

  19. Wich
    4:02 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Moss had same surgery as Newton but worse coming out of high school. Newton was bigger, stronger, faster and could protect himself. Smith and towles being prototypical pocket guys are hurt because they couldnt allude guys, when things broke down. It works against the black qb because they are given too many designed qb runs. Won’t be long before whitlow gets hurt and we will be calling for Roark.

    It’s ashame we have one healthy qb right now. You think Newton isnt sitting back smiling because he knows that current conditions are not good for any qb??? whether they are white or black.

  20. rick
    8:20 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Yes by all means lets fire the coach, that has certainly been a successful strategy at UK over the years. No coach since Collier had a winning record here. Before you run the current coach out of town, better fix the problems that have never been addressed, such as why are we in the SEC other than money? We can never hope to have a winning record playing against these teams, not now and not ever.

  21. Beavis
    8:22 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    The problem is the O line guys. Hard for any QB to throw when he is running for his life with three defenders after him. They rush four and three are chasing our QB. LOL

  22. ukcat58
    10:27 am October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Joker continues to play the injury and youth card – Many say he is a good recruiter – maybe if we were playing in a mid major conference that 2 an 3 star athletes matter – These recruits come to UK because they are only recruited for mid majors and an SEC school where they can start is a rush – Coaching has been deplorable for 3 years as the Joke is head coach but play calling has been poor under the Jokes leadership –
    UK fans just want to be competitive in FB and not be the laughing stock of the media.
    FIRE JOKER!!!!!!!

  23. J A Brooks
    2:40 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    22) Exactly. UK football fans are “bad fans” because we want to not get blown out every game. LMAO.

    Some people are sick in the head. You bitch about coaching and regardless of the situation people will find a way to call you unrealistic and/or a bad fan.

    Bad fan: “I know we’re going to lose to Florida every year and most of the SEC the rest of the time… but can we at least be competitive and win games against mid-majors.”

    Loyal fan: “STFU… joker knows what he’s doing. Zero bowl wins, 1-2 vs Louisville, and a record that gets worse every year. ALL PART OF THE PLAN! You’re a bad fan!”

  24. The Captain
    10:06 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Well,its obvious that we can not protect the quarterback, or maybe they would all still be healthy. Jason is the only one fast enough not to get smashed yet, it is only a matter of time especially when you are always playing from behind. Why do we defer the kickoff and then be down 7 points before the offense even has a chance to get the ball. We know we don’t have a defense to stop anybody good. Oh, I forgot we have a 3 year streak of not scoring a touchdown in the first quarter, easy to keep that streak alive.