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Patrick Towles Frustrated According to Father

In an interview with Kyle Tucker of the Courier Journal, Patrick Towles’ father says his son is frustrated and feels as though he could contribute immediately.

On the topic of transferring Towles’ father said.

We are not looking into anything like that at this point at all.  Patrick dearly wants to contribute to the University of Kentucky and he wants to do it now, but as far as transferring, we’ve not made any decisions on that.”

Terry Towles, also went on to say.

“All Patrick has ever wanted is just an opportunity to compete, and I think there is some definite frustration over that. He wants to contribute. He came to the University of Kentucky because he thought he could immediately help. And he’s frustrated. But he’s staying positive. I’ve talked to someone who sees practice and he’s going at it full-tilt and working hard.”

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

63 Comments for Patrick Towles Frustrated According to Father



  1. BlueCat
    11:27 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Be patient young man. A better coach will be here next year and your body will just be bigger and stonger. Besides you won’t take the pounding of this year and you’ll have 4 years to get ready for the pros. Good things come to those who wait.



  2. Good Advice No. 1
    11:30 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    See name.



  3. MadTex
    11:30 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Run Patrick….Run!!!!



  4. Good Advice No. 1
    11:31 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    3 is a troll.



  5. BigBlue
    11:31 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Fire Joker immediately…why wait until he runs more players off and does more damage?? This is a great qb we have…if joker stays next season he will be gone…along with others no doubt.



  6. Good Advice No. 1
    11:35 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Petrino and give Sandy Bell a raise and two extra assistants.



  7. Mr. Obvious
    11:38 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Another stroke of genius from this coaching staff, I mean why would you play the best qb recruit from the state since Couch when you have a gem like Newton?

    #occupycommonwealthstadium



  8. 8&Counting
    11:38 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Why not let the kid take over and start grooming him for next year. He’s lots better than Smith and Newton. Joke keeps playing those that just don’t match up. What a hc



  9. Kyballer
    11:39 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    If it was my son I’d advise him to jump off this train wreck too. I would bet a large sum of money that he’s gone after this year though. If the UK a.d. doesnt care to see the football program in shambles, why should he feel bad about looking elsewhere?



  10. jet
    11:40 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t go all Ryan Mossakowski on us.



  11. ok so
    11:40 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Id say keep patrick over joker



  12. tattooblue
    11:42 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Here we go. May be the first of many such conversations with different players.



  13. minton
    11:42 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Put him in coach! He’s ready to play, today.



  14. UK Wildcat
    11:44 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    There is no sense in burning his redshirt on a team that is likely going to end up at 2-10. Even if Towles came in and made us significantly better, our defense would still be terrible, our receivers still wouldn’t be able to catch, and our coaching staff would still make awful decisions. Even if he came in and got us to 3-9 or 4-8 by some miracle, its simply not worth using up his redshirt.



  15. Thor
    11:44 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lets not burn/waste a year on Joker and this fiasco of a season. Next year, he’ll be way a head of the curve with a year of practice and learning the offense under his belt.



  16. shields eyes
    11:45 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully help is on the way.



  17. minton
    11:45 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    You do have a good point 14. It’s not like he would win the rest of the games for us. Save him till next year.



  18. Mike
    11:45 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Dude needs to relax. Even the best quarterbacks generally have to put in there time first. He didn’t play because Joker is saving him a year of eligibility. Max Smith probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and it would be hard to justify taking the starting job from him since hes shown to be a pretty reliable qb so far.



  19. Chris
    11:47 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    A lot of people have said that in practice whitlow has been consistently better than towles and through three weeks maxwell smith led the sec in passing. So why would we put towles in again?



  20. 44 Stitches
    11:47 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Someone tell his daddy this is D1 college ball and on top of that SEC football. His little boy isn’t the big fish in the small pond that is KY high school football anymore.



  21. 2020
    11:54 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m assuming Papa Towles is merely exercising a little gamesmanship, helping to push Joker out the door so his son can have a better coach for his 4 years.



  22. BlueCat
    11:55 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #8 because he will take a major beating this year. Andre Woodson sat out one year and he did pretty good in his stay. Besides maybe Petrino, or a Leach, will be here then and the kid won’t have to throw a 3 yard pass on fourth and 8.



  23. Vinny
    11:57 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Ive seen this movie before:
    Joker = Bill Curry
    Towles = Tim Couch
    Curry was stuburn, Joker is just lost, but in the end it will all work out… Just like it did for Couch



  24. true fan
    12:00 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    towels needs to quit be a selfish little crybaby he not worried about the team hes worried about himself



  25. Patrick_Wren
    12:00 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Mr. Towles,
    Your son would have redshirted at any other school he chose to attend. While we truly suck on the field football, unlike basketball, can’t be lifted from the sh$t-pile with one awesome player. It takes 22 relatively decient players to field a competitive team. Your son will end up like Tim Couch when it is all said and done….patience mine Blue Brethren. Mitch will surely bring in a Head Man that will bring all of Patrick’s gifts and talents to the forefront……

    Don’t go jumping ship when you have 4 years of awesomeness ahead of you. Patrick Towles will end up being the thing that “Legends” are made.



  26. maxsmithisbetterrightnow
    12:05 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    This bothers me a lot. If Towles can go out there and complete 75% of his passes, then he should be playing. I just don’t see that happening right now. Thus, if you’re not better than our #1 QB, you won’t play. That would be the same at any school Towles went to.

    You also don’t play a guy just to play him…..he’s more valuable to the long-term health of the program than he is at the moment with Maxwell Smith playing the way he has been (High passing completion %, 8TDs, 966 yards passing in 3 games…it doesn’t get much better than that statistically).



  27. Al's IndiCats
    12:08 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly I thought our offense would be would be much better than our defense before yesterday’s game. I don’t blame the kids, but the coaches who are running this whole debacle. seriously, I was totally embarassed by the play calling and the whole defensive scheme was so terrible that UF could’ve gotten a bunch of blue haired snow birds could’ve gained over 7 yards a carry, and 10 yards per pass.

    I like Joker, but there are times like this when you should know when you’re overwhelmed, and just out coached. The best thing he should do is just resign immediately without putting a coach “in waiting”. It didn’t work for the Colts for Dungey (Caldwell) it won’t work for the Cats.

    GOOOO CATS!



  28. kycatman
    12:12 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    What a Joke for a college football team!! Why in the world can’t our AD see this disaster for what it is? Joker Phillips is one terrible HC and should be fired immediately. If not, then the UK administration should fire Mitch Barnhardt, Joker & Staff to bring in all new blood. I hope the UK Football Fans can see this Shipwreck and quit going to games to bring about CHANGE!!!! And I also hope Patrick Towles will not give up on the University of Kentucky and stick around long enough for this change to happen. What a shame it would be if he transfers!! GO CATS, Fire Joker!!!!!!



  29. Shampoo
    12:12 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @44 stitches- your right on. I’ve seen him play, Max Smith is flat out better and will and should start over Towles. Who your grandpa is isn’t going to get you special treatment anymore. Sack up and get better and beat Max or transfer. It seem like nothing now that his daddy is doing this but it will turn into Alex Legion’s Mom x100.



  30. Stopit
    12:13 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who says towels is the best since Tim couch is dumb. I doubt many of you all saw him play in high school… He’s pretty good, but not that good. Who am I kidding? He isn’t very good at all… A little overrated. That is why he’s the 3rd string qb at uk. If he stays, he may start his senior year. But that’s only because he’s red shirting this year. I mean, will stein of UL is better than him and he’s only 5’9″



  31. SlingBlade
    12:29 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Joker makes decisions with hes heart not his head..WTF Cal doesn’t start seniors just because they’re seniors, he starts the best players he has. Joker will play players because they have shown loyalty to him and to the program..WTF Two years ago Alabama replaced a Heisman trophy winner , because the incoming back was better.
    Losers try their best. Winners go home and F–K the prom queen.



  32. bigblueforlife
    12:32 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else have the Curry, Couch vibe?



  33. UKBlue
    12:34 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    If this kid was smart, he would get the hell out of UK. This kid could have gone anywhere, and for sum reason he choose a team whose is going to be lucky to win 2 games & has a coaching staff that gave up on the team during a game. Kid, you’re not going to have the Tim Couch story at UK. To say this kid shouldn’t transfer is just being selfish.



  34. MadTex
    12:40 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Run Patrick!!! Run for your life!!!!



  35. MadTex
    12:43 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Barnfart doesn’t have the balls to hire a decent coach for UK football – that’s why I say Run Patrick!!! Run!!!!



  36. duke Sucks
    12:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    To all you saying that Smith is a better QB then Towels you know nothing about football. If you are sayingTowels isn’t ready to play yet due to not being on campus untill the summer I’ll take that. Towels will be the starter for UK next year if we have a capable staff. Also none of us have no idea what this kid was promised during recruiting.
    Every school has this same problem with young QB’s. Do you play them early a little unprepared and learn on the job, because this season is all ready tanked. Or do you redshirt them and let them start off prepared after a year to learn the system.



  37. putinrichie
    12:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I take issue with the reporter who asked Mr. Towles these questions. Seriously, its almost like they are just trying to stir the pot. I’m not in practice, but I would be surprised if Towles was futher along than Max Smith. If Smith is clearly better than Towles, than the right decision is for Towles to redshirt. This creates two years of separation between Smith and Towles class wise.



  38. kyblue
    12:59 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    30: How big of a dumbass are you? You obviously havent seen any practices this year and obviously have some previous hate towards his Grandfather as a politician or hated the greatness that was Highlands. Now instead of writing like a complete degenerate please save yourself the embarassment and sign off the internet.



  39. Bankerbh
    1:00 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Be careful of what you wish for. Playing great and being on top of northern ky football is not the same as playing in SEC. Be patient. The program is not in the position to have a freshman start and anything good come of it for the young man.



  40. Uncle Larry
    1:07 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve never seen this punk play a single down of football, but if he played football in Northern Ky, he’s probably no stud. Look at the line scores when those teams play outside their area.

    I know parents just like this guy, their kids are the best. The only time Patrick was the best was the night he was the fastest swimmer when he was conceived.

    Screw his dad. Let him transfer, its about TEAM. We don’t need punks like this, wait your DAMN turn you spoiled little bit(h.



  41. MHFaulkner
    1:20 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I remember our last 4 star QB recruit.

    That turned out well.



  42. SonsOfAnarchy
    1:23 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    He has a right to be pissed when someone like Newton played yesterday and had those results. And Newtons and even some fans excuse that he was just thrown in and didnt even know Max wasnt going to play is bull sh!t. He is a senior and the back up QB. And its no different if Max was hurt in the middle of the game. UKs offense is based around a passing QB and thats what Towels is. Why not play players as freshmen and sophmores so we have players all over the field that have 2 or 3 years starting experience when they are seniors rather that seniors who are starting for the first time. Thats why we always suck and dont have veteran leaders every year



  43. Gator Chomp
    1:25 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    WKU is calling!!! ANSWER the phone PT!!! Stay here in the SEC basement and you will NEVER be heard from again!!



  44. SevenT
    1:31 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    If Towles was read to play he would be playing. He seems to think he is the next hefty lefty but obviously if he was that good he would be proving it every day in practice. Obviously he ain’t showing much.



  45. kyblue
    1:33 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Uncle Larry, Newtown and Smith couldnt hold Patricks jock…Just wait until his first game on the field.. You will have to shove your foot in your mouth or Ill do it for you..If Im Mitch I call Patricks father and tell him dont worry Joke is gone after this year and Petrino is coming in next year to open up the playbook!



  46. TowlesJock
    1:35 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    He said what? “Just the way the ball came out of his hand. When you’re around a guy as much as I am, you know what it’s supposed to look like. When it’s not even close to that, you know the guy’s not healthy,” — Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders on the decision to not play QB Maxwell Smith (shoulder).
    In ENGLISH next time!!!!!!



  47. RuppluvsFB2
    1:57 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #6 genius!



  48. Brow Down
    2:11 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Max Smith has played very well for UK… Why would we play anyone else but him?? As for not playing yesterday, save the kid a year and keep the redshirt on.



  49. MadTex
    2:17 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Towles would be better off transferring to a school that knows how to coach football and play football. UK obviously doesn’t – Joker Phillips is a LOSER!!!



  50. secretagent0014
    2:22 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    23) Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.



  51. You sir are no Patrick Towles
    2:49 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Uncle Larry (40): Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

    By your own admission, you know nothing about Patrick Towles. It is abundantly obvious by your comments. I have seen Towles play. First, Patrick Towles is one of the nicest, most mannerly and maturely grounded college freshman you will ever meet. For you to call him “punk” and “spoiled little bit(h” shows you to be egregiously ignorant.

    Towles is 6-5, 242 lb. and runs a 4.6 40. He was thrust into the QB position at Ft. Thomas Highlands as a sophomore, starting the last nine games of the season, throwing for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns with only 2 INT’s that year. He also added five touchdowns on the ground. By the way, he led Highlands to the state championship that year and Highlands ended the year as the #3 team in the national USA Today Super 25! He added two more state championships to his resume before he graduated (5 straight championships for Highlands, 21 SC’s ties Trinity). Towles was named MVP of the last two state championship games. Towles career record at Highlands was 38-1.

    Senior year stats: 3,820 passing yd, 42 TD, 64.9 completion %, 1 INT, 589 yd rushing, 5.9 yd per carry, 15 TD. Highlands ended the season #34 nationally. Towles was rated in the nation’s top 25 Pro-style QB’s (#9 at Rivals) and was selected for the Nike Elite 11 camp.

    Patrick Towles had many college football programs knocking. He chose UK because the kid bleeds blue just like Tim Couch. If he weren’t an athlete, he would still be at UK in pre-med or pre-law. I cannot argue with the coaches that Towles is better than Max Smith at this point, but in time he has much higher potential.

    Your imbecilic thoughts are completely negated by the Tweet from Patrick Towles. Since your foot is in your mouth already, just finish gnawing off your foot so you can’t walk to your internet keyboard again!



  52. Stopit
    2:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    38. Obviously not as dumb as you. I went to trinity (much greater than the highlands) and saw him play plenty of times in high school. And definitely didn’t know his grand dad is a politician so…. If you’re tryin to say this kid is gonna be in the nfl like couch was then you are truly an idiot. You have no eye for talent. Btw you don’t sign off the Internet anymore you effin tard. What are like 60?



  53. kes
    3:41 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    52. FALSE trinity is not a better high school then highlands. highlands is alway rated one of the best two or three high schools in ky. just because you pay a lot to go there, doesnt make it better



  54. UK22
    4:47 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Start Towels Now. He is the real deal.



  55. BlueCat
    5:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    First thing we need to do is hire an offensive passing guru of a coach. Either Petrino or Leach and then Towles will be set to do good things. He/we are way better off not wasting a year of him this year. He gets one year to get stronger and mature. Joker’s best move as head coach of UK football.



  56. jimlowe7
    5:33 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    A freshman can’t learn this offense. Max went through Spring Practice in 2011, Fall Camp in 2011, and played with some effectiveness late in the 2011 season when Newton was injured (Coach Sanders said he was using less then 25% of the playbook if I remember correctly). Max has now had a 2nd year of Spring Practice and Fall Camp in 2012 and still only knows about 75% of the playbook (if memory serves). Towles should be about where Max was this time last year and is supposed to have a stronger arm and better accuracy with similar skills reading defenses. If all that is true, he should beat out Max next year. We could have competed better against FL if Towles had played (OR Jalen Whitlow) instead of Newton (unless there would be NO PASSING as in the TN game with Roark) but still would have lost. So why WASTE a year of Towles’ eligibility to lose a game “closer” than we did? His time is NEXT YEAR unless he slacks off and doesn’t clearly surpass Max.



  57. Bluegrass Jimmy
    5:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Patric, hang in there. Help is on the way! You will be the next FIRST ROUND draft pick when Joker is fired and they HIRE Bobby P. He’ll have you setting SEC records in short order!



  58. Uncle Larry
    5:57 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @51: So…… Was I wrong to assume he played at a higher level by playing for a 3A or 4A football? That’s not 6A. Sometimes when you play inferior competition it makes one look better. SEC football is a different animal.

    If one quits due to playing time, THEY’RE A PUNK !!!



  59. Mudcreekmark
    7:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hold your horses there Mr. Towles. Patrick being red shirted is the best thing for him or almost any freshman quarterback. The quarterback position is the most important and most complex position on the team.He must have not only a firm grip on his offense but also a firm grip on the opposing teams defensive schemes. He has to be able to see their defensive alignment and get into a play from our complex playbook that will be effective against their defensive play. All the while, their team is trying to disguise their defensive call to mix the young quarterback up. How can a quarterback fresh out of high school master all these in just a few practices with his new college team? Max Smith is just now starting to play like an SEC quarterback should be playing. Let Smith do his job and let Towles earn his way up the depth chart. If he is truly as talented as everyone seems to think, he will earn his way on the field in due time.



  60. goukats
    8:14 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s hoping Towels keeps his redshirt,and Mitch hires a coach who can turn this horrid excuse for a football team around.There is talent here,but not a staff that can develop it.Something is really wrong with this UK football program,and it’s either the staff,inept players,substance abuse,or a combination of all of these .



  61. Shendo
    8:49 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    The quotes above are interesting but the other quotes in the article are even more so.
    ““Patrick has always been about one thing, and that’s winning — winning now,” his father said. “He’s not concerned about playing part of one year taking about a year of eligibility. He’s not concerned about that at all. He wants to play now. Right now.”

    But what if he doesn’t?

    “We’ll make determinations later in the year, but I know he wants nothing more than to be at the University of Kentucky,” Terry Towles said. “We’ll see how this season continues to play out. If we feel this program is headed in the right direction, then Patrick I know certainly wants to be a part of it.”

    For those saying he is being outperformed in practice-remember you’re getting the info from the same source that couldn’t see much separation between Max and Morgan.



  62. What she order? Sheep dip?
    9:48 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    58: No one says Towles is quitting. If you read the article, his father says Pat is working as hard as ever in practice. He tweets that he wants to play only for Kentucky. So who’s a punk and who’s a chump? BTW, Towles won 2 5A championships before HHS reclassified to 4A his senior year. He beat every 6A team he faced but one (2-pt loss to Ryle in 2010 after a failed 2-pt conversion attempt for the win). Do national team rankings (without classification) and national player evaluations mean nothing to you? Seriously, stop embarrassing yourself. Argue with the others if you will that Smith, Newton or Whitlow are more game-ready at this point, but with your severely limited knowledge, stop with the punk-calling. Towles will never be a punk. Class act all the way. You could learn something from him.



  63. What she order? Sheep dip?
    9:50 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    *conversion attempt for the tie