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Should Kentucky play Patrick Towles?

At today’s press conference, head coach Joker Phillips said QB Patrick Towles (high ankle sprain) had been upgraded from out to doubtful for this week’s game against Georgia. Phillips was encouraged from the report he got from trainer Jim Madaleno on Towles, and believes the freshman is making real progress in his mission to get back on the football field. Towles was said to have been able “get up on toes” of the injured ankle, and that he would be evaluated further on tomorrow and Wednesday. According to Phillips, Towles was able to move around on the ankle, too, which is another positive sign. Towles wasn’t getting around as well as he needs to be to suit up for a game, but even the idea of him trying to perform football-related motions is an improvement to what was once considered a season-ending type of injury. If Towles is deemed healthy in the next couple of weeks, there’s no doubt he’ll be inserted at the starting quarterback position immediately.

What this team lacks under center is a quarterback that can stand in the pocket, deliver an accurate ball down the field, and make good decisions under pressure. Towles can definitely be that guy for the Wildcats, but lets look at the big picture for a second. Kentucky is 1-6 with five games left in the season (four against SEC opponents). I assume they will beat Samford on November 17th at Commonwealth, but even with Towles, how much of a chance does Kentucky have in the other four games? Is one, maybe two more wins reason enough to burn a year of Towles’ eligibilty?

It’s safe to assume unless Towles comes back and does some spectacular stuff in these last five games that Maxwell Smith will be the starting quarterback next season, regardless of who the coach is. Knowing that Smith could have three more year at UK if he’s granted a medical redshirt should be reason enough to sit Towles down for the remander of the season. Am I right? Should we be looking towards the future of Kentucky Football or does BBN want Towles out there if he’s healthy enough to play?

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

81 Comments for Should Kentucky play Patrick Towles?

  1. The God
    8:00 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    They shouldn’t, but they will because Joker intends on doing the most damage possible prior to his resignation/firing.

  2. OMGMattyG
    8:01 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  3. kybluebilly
    8:01 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  4. BlueCat
    8:04 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hell no!

  5. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    8:06 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  6. UKBlue
    8:09 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK does nothing but make stupid decisions when it comes to football, so expect them to do something stupid. This kid should be red shirted, actually he should have never come off red shirt. The season is over, it was over before it started; let Morgan Newton be the QB tackling dummy.

  7. UK Homer
    8:14 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    No! Save him for next year when Jon Gruden, Chip Kelly, or Boise’s coach is our coach!

  8. goUKats
    8:15 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Let Towels and his parents make that decision.

  9. Common Sense
    8:16 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    What people don’t realize is if Towles is healthy and can play then he won’t be eligible for medical redshirt. In order to get a medical redshirt the injury has to keep him out for the year. UK can’t hold him back, and not play him, just get the medical redshirt.

  10. Ares
    8:18 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  11. CommonER sense
    8:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    12) pretty sure UK trainers could claim that this injury is lingering for 6 more weeks… Come on, use some common sense Common Sense

  12. Tdr76
    8:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    No, save him for next year. Perhaps we will give him a chance to win with a new coach.

  13. Terlingua Wildcat
    8:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Absolutly not – redshirt this year – give him 4 with his next system, use it as another “perk” in attracting a coach.

  14. CommonER sense
    8:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    ^ oops. That was for #9

  15. BlueCat
    8:22 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    The mistake was bringing him out of the red shirt status. Typical uninsightful move by Joker Phillips. This season was destined to be a waste and the QB position a glorified tackling dummy postiion. Joker was being desperate and trying to save his job instead of doing what was best for the team in the long run. Boooooo!

  16. Tank
    8:24 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    They need to be faking a surgery to get a medical redshirt. Anyone who thinks Jokers is intentionally damaging the program is a moron and trash. He done a horrible job but its not intentional.

  17. JayCee
    8:27 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why? So he can finish his career off in another riveting 49-7 loss?

  18. Chuck
    8:27 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    If he’s not able to scramble I wouldn’t play him. If Georgia knows he has to stay in the pocket they’ll come after him with blitzes. It’s not worth taking a chance he might hurt it more. Wait and see how he’s healing and maybe bring him back against Mizzou. They’ll probably be starting a freshman QB also.

  19. MartyFeldmanEyes
    8:28 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    PT is a big boy and can make his own decisions…… the only opinion that matters is HIS.

  20. NotSatire
    8:28 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  21. BlueCat
    8:28 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Stupidity and desperation cause people to make mistakes, intentional or unintentional. Joker hurt the program by playing Towles this year.

  22. Tjwildcat1
    8:32 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    No. Keep him redshirt and he could be the next big thing for KY. Play him and his career will be ruined.

  23. Ronkat
    8:35 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Do NOT play Towles! This year is a lost cause and playing him may end his playing career!

  24. JP123
    8:41 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    No. Sit him down. UK unfortunately will have 3 fairly decent QB next year. Now the team needs a coach to motivate them devise an offensive scheme to put points on the board in the SEC. Brent Pease anyone?

  25. 44 Stitches
    8:46 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  26. Head Bussa
    8:47 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I fully expect him to play again this year. He is our best quarterback and is wanting to get back on the field. It’s not really fair to the rest of the team to keep him on the sidelines if healthy. Whether you guys think it’s right or not for our program’s future, you have to realize there are other guys on the team busting their tails wanting a chance to compete and they don’t have a chance to do that without Patrick.

  27. Head Bussa
    8:47 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    7 — Yeah right, Chip Kelly.

  28. tabb
    8:50 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I remember Bill Curry was said to be a nice man, but not the right coach. He spoiled a lot of redshirts after he was informed he was not going to be retained for a meaningless Tennessee game. Ol’Joker appears to be from the same mold. Than again, getting Towles name in the news may just be a ploy to keep the attendance from being a record breaking embarrassment.

  29. catstang
    8:52 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Keep him off the field save him for the next coach !

  30. Capt
    8:52 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Yay for basketball season!

  31. Chris
    8:54 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    First #7 is ridiculous.
    Second gotta play him. If towles plays three years he will be gone to the NFL. He is the good so just go ahead and put him out there.

  32. couldn't come up with a good name
    8:58 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    The only way I want to see Towles again this year is if they can Joker and hire Hefty Lefty as interim coach for the rest of the season. Wins are out of the question. Entertainment, however – potentially still an option.

  33. Landon
    8:59 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    He should absolutely play if he’s healthy enough to play. The goal is to win every possible game and he gives you the best chance of that. Doesn’t make any sense that people complain about loses then don’t want to play the guy that gives us the best chance to win!

  34. Head Bussa
    9:00 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Rashawn, I really don’t understand why you think it’s safe to assume Max is the starter next year no matter who is the coach. You might assume it, but I don’t think it’s a very safe assumption. Patrick Towles is a physical specimen who will only get more mature next year, physically and mentally. Another coach may totally think Patrick is much better than Max. In addition, Patrick didn’t come to UK to sit. If you think Patrick Towles is content with sitting behind Max Smith for three years you are kidding yourself. He’ll be transferring really quick if that happens.

  35. kfund
    9:00 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

  36. greg b
    9:01 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    No way he should play at this point, risk getting injured worse and burning a year of eligibility for no reward. He should get the medical red shirt and preserve the year of eligibility to use in a productive season.

  37. Who Cares
    9:04 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares. I am tired about hearing about Towles. Every other freshman burned his red shirt. Who cares!

  38. JIM 1
    9:08 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Rashawn, how can anyone assume that Max Smith will be the starting qb next season regardless of who the new coach maybe? If UK brings in a coach who run a wide open passing attack, Towles may very well win the starting job.

    If the new coach favors the passing game over the running game, he will not choose the starter based on what took place this season. And in that situation I like Towles chances. Do you remember Mummy, Billy Jack, and Couch.

    Instead of trying to pick the starters for next year, please send a meesage to Barnhart that UK fans want a coach with an exciting passing attack, and if Max wins the job so be it. Tell Joker to redshirt Towles if allowed by the NCAA.

  39. bluezzzzz
    9:11 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  40. Head Bussa
    9:12 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    You guys also speak of a medical redshirt like it’s some type of guaranteed option. From what I’ve seen over the years with players trying to get the medical redshirt it’s very hit and miss. If our trainers are already upgrading Patrick’s condition after only a week it seems pretty obvious to me that the NCAA would not grant him an entirely new season. It would seem that way especially for a sprained ankle that seems to be a relatively mild injury in the grand scheme of things. The NCAA would say that he had more than enough time to recover and play some games unless UK completely created documentation that stated otherwise. The documentation already states that Patrick is improving quickly in recovering from the injury.

  41. tdogg40330
    9:13 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    his redshirt is gone people, if he’s healthy might as well play him.

  42. Whattttttttt!!!!!
    9:13 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    If he is as good as we think he is he wont be here 4 more years anyway.Play him if he is healthy that way he has game experiance.He should be the started Smith threw 4 ints against Western and cant throw the long ball worth a shit.Let him make the call.

  43. Go Deep
    9:14 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe everyone here has commented on a football post, myself included…..

    No, as long as he can still get the redshirt.

  44. joker's last stand
    9:14 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lot of good points in this thread.
    One hopes our coach is consulting with Pat’s parents, the trainers, etc. to what is truly best for the young man especially given Joe’s lame duck status.
    If they decide a redshirt is best, they can find a way.
    Most of us remember the redshirt Curry took from Couch.
    Really bad decision at the time, but Tim thrived in Mumme’s offense and ended up as a #1 draft pick.
    We don’t know if we can use the names Couch and Towles in the same sentence yet but we don’t get to decide Pat’s fate.
    Joker Phillips is a great person despite his obvious failings as an SEC head coach.
    I’m truly hopeful he is putting the welfare of all of his players ahead of his personal situation.
    That would demonstrate the type of class and character we all hope he stands for.

  45. Tebkats
    9:15 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Let him play, what can it hurt? Joker will start Max Smith next season, so let Towles establish that he should be the starting qb at UK and hopefully Joker will stick with him. And I’m not sure we can beat Samford with Whitlow at qb.

  46. Roland
    9:17 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    This post is gonna get a lot of the “#?? poster is a 12 year old” responses.

    If Towles plays next year or anymore this year, he has the ability to be 1st round nfl draft prospect in his 3rd year. If the kid wants to play and the doctors say “He can play” then let him play.

    How soon fans forget Couch never stayed 4 years.

    It seems to be an after thought for BB players to leave when they are ready to go pro, but if get football player with that kinda of talent, that is not in the thought pattern.

    ps: 12×5 and followed UK football b4 I even heard UK played college basketball.

  47. tdogg40330
    9:18 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    with an offensive minded coach Towles woulda started from day 1 anyhow. If they hire
    someone that knows what they’re doing, he’ll be the starter next year.

  48. Head Bussa
    9:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    45 — Did you just say Joker will be making decisions regarding UK football NEXT YEAR? Where have you been dude?

  49. Absolutely knot
    9:27 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Whitlow ran the offense superbly in his 1st appearance against SC in the first half of the SC game. Everyone remember? Now look at Whitlow and his performance. The BBN is all over Whitlow. Towles has one good series out of a total of three or four series, under throwing a TD pass to King after the defensive back fell down at the 20 yard line and now Joker and the BBN are to annoint him king. Play him, it’s UK freking football. As the guy said who previously posted, his dad should punch Joker in the nose if he plays him. Every freshman gave up their redshirt this season. Every freking freshman!!! So what. This is the reason players dislike their teammates.

  50. WildcatByTheGraceOfGOD
    9:31 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK will be doing Towles a dis-service if they pull his redshirt…bottom line IMO….a new coach at UK will use Towles anyway in the new system…he’s raw but far more talented than any other QB on the roster. He’s a GAMER…and a WINNER…he plays in the future with the new coach.

  51. #49
    9:36 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you want your opinion to be taken seriously then you at least learn to spell.

  52. BBSadness
    9:41 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    He would be better off faking his I injury. This season is over and so are the fans. He could always attend the games at Rupp with two good legs when it’s over.

  53. catfanran
    9:46 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Patrick, played for the #1 high school program in the state (excluding Trinty) at Fort Thomas
    Highlands. he is a winner and use to winning. He wants to play, his dad wants him to play and if the dr’s clear him HE WILL PLAY…………..enough said…………CFR

  54. Basketball Joey
    10:02 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I would think the large amount of freshman who gave up their red shirt this season enjoy every minute they spend game time on the field, even getting demolished 49-7. For anyone to think that any player not enter battle amongst their fellow team members, for the so called betterment of only themself, shame on you. UK basketball can not get here soon enough!

  55. coldspringmike
    10:11 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    “F” no !

  56. Roland
    10:21 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Any [ANY]Freshman can choose to redshirt.

  57. Jackson Purchase
    10:24 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Does it matter who plays this week? Georgia is going to hang half a hundred on UK.

  58. Yab
    10:34 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Under Petrino, this kid will be sitting in on the Heisman Ceremony in 3 or 4 years.

  59. Scout
    10:46 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


  60. ukfootball
    10:47 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Like it matters? They suck so bad this year, and will probably suck equally as bad next year. This will take a new coach and several years to reverse. And no, I’d rather keep on sucking than Petrino coming to town.

  61. Jarvis Redwine
    10:51 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino or bust!

    Louisville fans would hate it if we got Petrino.

    That’s enough of a reason, in and of itself.

    If he can still get a redshirt, he should.

  62. The hardware store
    11:06 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Yes – play him if he’s ready!!!!! Don’t you remember how frustrated he was a few weeks ago when he was not playing. What if he sits out and is ready to go pro after 3 years? He understands how the redshirt system works. If he wants to play – LET HIM PLAY. We don’t need an unhappy Patrick Towles!!

  63. Redrobbin
    11:10 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    no.58, get a new brand of liquor for yourself.

  64. Roland
    11:15 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    IF Towles THINK needs a Petrino to get bid to sit as Heisman candidate, YOU don’t think much of the young man or his family. Towles would probably transfer than playing for a person who goes against; what he PREACHES. Who has Lied REPEATEDLY to the public, his family, his employers [he is million $ guy]

  65. BigBlue42
    11:18 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Pat will play this year. He wants to play and will play. He wants to establish his spot as the MAN next year and with Smith out he will do it. This guy will be in the League in 3 years. Please bring Bobby Petrino!!!

  66. Roland
    11:22 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Left out between the word “if” and the word “Towles”, the word “YOU”

  67. Roland
    11:26 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Towles and his family: Kentucky’s BesT

  68. John Hiatt
    11:26 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Yes to Petrino.

    We’re not hiring an angel. We’re hiring a football coach.

    Also a great human interest story, when he turns around his life along with UK football.

  69. Roland
    12:00 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    On the ALSO; Turning around his life : RIPLEY’S

  70. Jimi
    12:07 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    They should red-shirt the whole team and put the coaches in.

  71. Buckets
    1:06 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Absolutely not. Save Towles till they get a new coaching staff and maybe, just maybe Towles can play on some decent-to-good teams. This team is a dumpster fire. They should just forfeit the rest of their games to save us all from further embarrassment.

  72. Dave
    6:21 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Towles on the sidelines. Apply for medical redshirt. He is too talented to have a year wasted by the Joker.

  73. BLUE BLY
    6:37 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    It wouldn’t matter if we had Eli Manning at QB….we’d still get bomb’d every week and not cover a spread!!!

  74. Beavis
    6:49 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    So,,,play him behind that porous O line a get him hurt again. Stupid

  75. TakethoseonionsoffmyslidersTim
    6:50 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    What #1 said.

  76. btowncatfan
    7:05 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter. If he medically cleared to play his redshirt is gone since he did play in the SC game. The only way he can redshirt is if he is medically unable to play. If he wants to play and is able to play him if he gives you the best chance to win.

  77. Dougm
    7:27 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Yes! but make him play defense. They need help.

  78. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:43 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Max Smith is overrated. Save Towles for next year and look for him to start (regardless of who is coaching this team).

  79. Solution finder
    8:04 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Only sure way to solve this is having Towles dad arm wrestle Joker, best 2 out of 3.

  80. Earache
    8:35 am October 16, 2012 Permalink


  81. Really rally
    9:10 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    No, positively do not ruin our punter’s average. He would only have to punt 10 times instead of 11 against GA. Avoid scoring at all cost.