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Whitlow and Smith are UK’s QB finalists, Stoops confirms

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Just like we all assumed, it’s Jalen Whitlow versus Max Smith for the starting quarterback spot at Kentucky. Mark Stoops confirmed the two-man race after today’s scrimmage in Commonwealth Stadium and said both guys will play against Western Kentucky in Nashville.

Patrick Towles, the third option, is open to the idea of redshirting, according to Stoops. He commended the sophomore from Highlands for the way he fought for the job.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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37 Comments for Whitlow and Smith are UK’s QB finalists, Stoops confirms



  1. Whitlow
    5:55 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Duh!



  2. OhCrap
    5:57 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah playing 2 QBs is a recipe for disaster. Never a chance to gain rhythm. Bad call Stoops.



  3. Louisville1Cal4
    6:00 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    What will Reese do then? Redshirt too I would assume if Towels does as well?



  4. bigcat32
    6:01 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    He’s not playing two quarterbacks, those are just the two competing for the starting job



  5. Rei
    6:01 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Spurrier’s 2 QB play is a disaster too, right?



  6. Jonah Hex
    6:02 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If you have two, you don’t have one.



  7. Elkattio
    6:06 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #5 … Yeah, it actually is a disaster. He keeps his QBs scared to death that they’re going to lose their jobs that they freeze up in big games quite often.



  8. johnboy not billy
    6:06 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    the one CONSTANT with UK football as of late? NO ONE KNOWS who the QB will be… thought Stoops gained momentum but this is JOKER ball!



  9. Chris
    6:09 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Name and play Smith at QB and leave it … He may not be mobile as JW, but with so many wr’s in this offense new or learning a new system, having a running qb duck and run can only hurt the progress of this AIR RAID offense ..

    AIR RAID is pass offense and lets go with it and pass the ball

    jmo

    chris



  10. NorthernKYcatfan
    6:13 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Hope Smith wins the job. Still think Whitlow has the advantage.



  11. What everybody's thinking
    6:14 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Okay, so Towles redshirts this year… while fellow sophs are QB1 and QB2.

    …And next year Barker comes in and Towles gets bumped further down the depth chart.

    Could this be a recipe for a transfer?



  12. Doubting Thomas
    6:16 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If I am Towles I would transfer. Just saying…….



  13. cats42301
    6:20 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    4) Stoops said both quarterbacks will play against Western Kentucky in Nashville. Am I missing something in your comment?



  14. Some Guy
    6:27 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t like him saying both will play against Western. A two QB system never works. If you have two you don’t have one.



  15. Consider This
    6:28 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If Stoops has already said that Whitlow will be on the field regardless of whether or not he is the starting quarterback, could it be the case that Smith has won the competition after all?



  16. Joe
    6:29 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Jalen is best with our personnel. Smith can’t redshirt so he is #2. Towles has a shot next year when we are better and don’t need jalen’s legs at QB. If not he transfers



  17. deWildcats
    6:29 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If Towles transfers – where would he go? UK isn’t exactly QB-university.
    If you can’t win a starting job at UK – do you go to Ohio St, Alabama or to EKU??
    I think red-shirting might gain him the experience to win or at least compete in a year.



  18. Derp
    6:29 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    8… You’re an idiot



  19. real talk
    6:43 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    This is a raciest world. Smith is not even close to Whitlow. This was not a close race. Whitlow should transfer now sit this year out



  20. cats42301
    6:53 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    19) WTH are you even talking about?? The only one talking about race is you jackass!! STFU!!



  21. Terry Blue
    6:56 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    19, if this blog banned anyone, you’d be in line to get it first. If anything, in sports, it’s the majority that is discriminated against



  22. real talk
    7:06 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Sad thing is 21 really beleives that. Smith threw more TDs made less mistakes ran better stronger arm. Not.



  23. real talk
    7:10 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Another JOKER/SANDERS ride!



  24. kelleydog
    7:28 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, last year Patrick Towles was the star recruit, now he is being left behind. Will the same hold true for Barker.



  25. Blue To The Bone..
    7:31 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #11…You can bank it that DB will redshirt his freshman yr. unless these guys fall on their faces..



  26. Ish
    7:48 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #24 what part of earning the starting job do you not get? Same for you #23. You idiots are not at practices, meetings, film sessions. These coaches, ESPECIALLY in year one on the job, are going to start the QB that gives them the best chance to win, and that QB will have EARNED it. Idiots.



  27. Joe
    7:54 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    This is a raciest world.

    Are you saying they run FAST; or
    That you think they are REAL sexy; or
    Just Illiterate?

    Or are you saying the WHITE coach, chose the BLACK player over the WHITE QB? I’m not sure I see the “Raceism” there..white-black-white….

    Get back to me, after the [email protected] meeting.



  28. Han
    8:18 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t look good for Towles. With Whitlow still in the QB hunt (as opposed to playing a different position), and assuming no injury this year, the starter has the upper hand again next year with Barker coming in to fight for the position too/red shirt.

    I know he wants to be here, but if he couldn’t win the spot this year, I wouldn’t expect him to do it next year against the same guys and their game experience + Barker.



  29. cats42301
    8:52 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    26) well said buddy!



  30. real talk
    9:08 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #26 if all that is true this will have been over long ago. This coaches are under pressure to play max or towles. By all accounts and my eyes Whitlow is far far ahead of all the rest in passing and running. But all u hear is no seperation. BS! Something else has to be at play. Hope we don’t lose Whitlow and end up having to play him



  31. Joe
    9:28 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #26 if all that is true this will have been over long ago. This coaches are under pressure to play max or towles.

    And just who is applying this “pressure?” I’m thinking the fans and K-Men supporters are interested in WINNING GAMES, not in Max, or Towles or Whitlow….but a decent season, with whomsoever can QB the best.

    But I am naive, if you have any evidence to support your assertion; I’d be interested in seeing it.

    I do think Towles is going to have to xsfer, IF Barker is all that he’s cracked up to be, though….



  32. real talk
    10:16 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I see some of u are saying otherwise but i dont hear anyone stating max is looking as good as whitlowor phillips he and towles are the least of the bunch



  33. Captain Obvious
    12:58 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow is a hoss. A boss and a hoss.



  34. ?
    9:11 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why are we not doing the obvious and having Whitlow be a Randall Cobb type player? That is what he is destined for. He has a good arm and could really open up the offense if kept on the field at all times whether he is the QB or not. As for the Racism remark that is idiotic.



  35. real talk
    11:31 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #34 u are so blinded that u can’t even see how racist that sounds. Sick people u are. Take the best QB and make him a runner or wr. Something other than full time QB. Sick and blind to your own ways



  36. UKfan
    11:40 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    the poster known as “real talk” is a racist.



  37. real talk
    3:24 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #27 I don’t think the [email protected] would let me in the meeting. it wouldn’t be good if I showed up