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?