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Jalen Whitlow is really cool, nothing rattles him

Photo courtesy of Winchester Sun

Photo courtesy of Winchester Sun

When Kentucky travels to Fayetteville this weekend in hopes of finding its second win of the season, Jalen Whitlow will be the man UK relies on to make it happen. Whitlow will make the second start of his career on Saturday, but only because everyone else is dropping like flies. It’s okay, though, because he’s gone from “not God-awful” to “really sharp” in just a couple of weeks.

“He has been really sharp,” Phillips said when asked how Whitlow has practiced this week. “He really is just now starting to figure out what he can do and what he likes and then we expand on that. The ball is getting out of his hand fast, which is important and he has pretty good command of it. That is the thing we have to do is continue to work him. That is why he is getting about 75 percent of the reps because we think he can improve over time if he continues to get the reps.”

But “sharp” isn’t the only way to describe Whitlow’s recently play, according to Joker, the freshman quarterback is really calm, cool, and collected.

“I really like how calm he is,” Phillips said. “I have never seen a guy that is a freshman that is as calm and laid back. He comes off the field and can communicate with you what he is seeing. He makes mistakes, but he understands them. But just how clam he is is one of the things that you like about him. He is not a really talkative kid either, but he does a good job of communicating back to you the things that he sees. That is what I like about him, is the guy is really cool and nothing rattles him.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Jalen Whitlow is really cool, nothing rattles him



  1. macsauce13
    5:46 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ok Joker…ok…



  2. Cool?
    5:53 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    How cool does playing receiver for PT for the next 3 years sound to him?



  3. shelbyjoe
    6:07 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I like Whitlow – a great athlete and the kind of qb I’ve always liked watching. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at his arm strength which imo, is much greater than Max Smith’s. I think he’ll do really well now that he’s getting the majority of the snaps in practice.



  4. barn
    6:12 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    really high praise especially coming from a coach like joker phillips. yessir



  5. MartyFeldmanEyes
    6:29 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I got the feeling that ol’ J-Dub is gonna show us something we haven’t seen before when it’s all
    said and done…… at least something we haven’t seen so far this year — A road WIN at Arkansas!



  6. funny
    7:56 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Our new brake pads are really cool…You’re not even going to believe it” -Tommy Boy when he had no clue about brake pads



  7. wow
    8:55 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jalen probably is cool, it is cold outside tonight. Maybe he needs to put on a sweater or jacket.



  8. Fan Fan
    9:13 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    2 your a punk. Them safe plays towels had really fooled you. He has proven in practice everyday towels is not close to Jalen with new coach or current. Why u think he was 4 th string



  9. ebell55
    9:26 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Just a little perspective on the season so far for UK football our first 6 opponents are a combined 33-2!! WKU lost to #1 Bama and we beat Kent State who is 5-1. We have played 4 top 20 teams. We have played the hardest schedule in the country!!!! Keep you head up Cat fans!!!



  10. Jalen Whitlow fan
    3:12 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Best football post in a while. Certainly excited for Saturday. Go Whitlow Go!