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Towles looks to make an early impression

UK Athletics sat down with freshman quarterback Patrick Towles to discuss how he’s adjusting to campus life, what he plans to bring to Kentucky Football this season and how his relationships with former NFL players has helped his development. Towles, a Fort Thomas, KY native, is regarded by some as the most accomplished quarterback in Kentucky state history. In his senior campaign, he threw an incredible 42 touchdowns and one interception to lead his team to a third state title. Towles realized that means nothing as he heads to the collegiate level. He knows what he did in high school is in the past and he has to prove himself in the SEC.

“It’s so hard to get here, because at first, if you want to lead, you have to get the respect of the people you are leading,” said Towles. “That’s either going to be through hard work or fear or something like that. But coming in as a freshman, high school doesn’t matter anymore. I don’t have any stepping ground or anything that can prove to them to say, ‘Hey, I deserve your respect.’ These first two months, I’m just trying to get the respect of all my teammates so that when the time comes, I can.”

Towles also talks about his relationship with former UK quarterback, Jared Lorenzen, and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver now NBC Sports analyst, Cris Collinsworth. Collinsworth was named wide receivers coach at Towles’ high school during his senior year, something that helped him have such a great season.

“It’s been awesome because they’ve been there and done that,” said Towles. “They know the best way to do things because, you know, they’ve done it. It was good to get their point of view and their opinions on everything, and it really helped me improve.”

Great article from UK Athletics. Give it a read.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

6 Comments for Towles looks to make an early impression

  1. tdogg40330
    5:32 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    So, will het get any playing time ?? or is a redshirt comin??

  2. UK4life
    7:13 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Joker won’t let him on the field.

  3. Beavis
    7:59 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Joker may try and play this kid to drum up some fan support and interest. I hope not,,,the kid will get killed behind the O line we have this year. Red shirt him.

  4. Come on Cat fans
    9:50 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    is this fan base crazy??? Joker lands a recruit like this and KSR gives us a chance to talk about him,,,,, nothing! 3 posts! 42TD’s n 1 pick?? 3 straight State titles?? If this kid was anywhere else fans would be stoked! Go Cats!!!

  5. Claydwildcat
    12:51 am July 28, 2012 Permalink

    He will be insane. He most likely needs a year to learn. He will have a solid team around him as a Rs freshman. I think our true sophs, Rs freshman and true freshman are the best collection of talent I have seen at uk.

  6. 2020
    1:57 am July 28, 2012 Permalink

    How does a high school have a better WR coach than we do?