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A Little Bit of History Repeating?

[Redacted], by all accounts, is a totally different player.

Both mentally and physically, the quarterback says his game has improved significantly.

He’s not the only one.

“He’s a totally different guy right now than he was then (freshman year),” said the head coach “He’s just approaching things a little bit differently mentally, and I think he understands our passing game and the offense much better than he did at any time last year.”

No, that’s not someone talking about the transformation Patrick Towles has undergone over the course of 2014. Instead those are the words that Jonathan Smith wrote eight years ago to describe the leap Andre’ Woodson made going into his third year of college to re-claim the starting quarterback spot.

For those of us that need a refresher, during the spring of 2006 freshman Mr. Football, Curtis Pulley, looked the part and seemed ready to unseat Woodson who started 11 games as a sophomore. With his starting role in jeopardy Woodson changed his game. He went from our own Matt Jones said demonstrated “frustrating passing, worse running and general mediocrity” to a dynamic quarterback ready to lead the Cats on the gridiron. Woodson claimed the starting position and went on to lead the Cats to their first bowl game since 1999. Over his final two seasons Andre would pass for over 7,200 yards with 71 touchdowns to just 18 interceptions.  He would continue a string of great local quarterbacks that included names like Couch and Lorenzen.

Perhaps Towles has the opportunity to accomplish a similar feat.

Coming into this season Towles had become an afterthought. Following a year that the new staff saw fit to redshirt the QB rather than insert him into the Max Smith/Whitlow mess many thought we would likely never see the 2012 Mr. Football take a starting snap in Lexington. Would he transfer? Would he put in the work and effort many had yet to see since he arrived on campus? Why would he with superstar Drew Barker coming into the fold?

Like Woodson before him, Towles saw his chance to be on the field slipping through his grasp and went out to do something about it. Patrick has spent 2014 quickening up his release and strengthening his footwork which when combined with his previous skillset that improvement has put him in the driver’s seat for the starting job. After leading the first team onto the field for the spring game Saturday night Towles echoed what Coach Brooks said about Woodson when he descibed himself as being a “totally different player than I was last year. It’s night and day.”

That change in work ethic and mentality is what elevated Woodson from average QB to a campus legend. If Towles can keep up the work and emerge this fall as starter then who knows, maybe he can make a similar impact and get the Cats back to a bowl. It’s not like we haven’t seen it all play out before. How do you think Towles will perform heading into his third season in Lexington?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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23 Comments for A Little Bit of History Repeating?

  1. Chicago Chris
    9:40 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Shirley Bassey says so.

  2. 94Feet
    9:54 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Wow ! I thought I’d seen it all. Now quoting Matt Jones as if he has a clue what he is speaking about relating to football ? Has Matt Jones ever thrown a football ? I think we all know the answer.

    • Reading comprehension
      10:52 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Is tough for you isn’t it? What Matt wrote in that excerpt was almost all quotes from Woodson and Rich Brooks. Where in “by all accounts” and “he’s not the only one” does Matt give his opinion? BTW Matt did play football. The answer I think we all know is that you need to take some remedial reading comprehension classes.

    • Sorry
      12:13 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Matt didnt write the quotes. It says right after it that jonathan smith wrote it. Maybe you need the reading comprehension classes.

  3. Mattius00
    9:54 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Couch came before Woodson. Just saying.

    • Mattius00
      9:55 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Oops had to reread that a third time and saw where it was going.

  4. Wyvern's Cabin In the Woods
    9:56 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    AW had Little and Burton and Tamme and////etc
    Show me a UK line that can block, a decent running game (which we haven’t had since…? Locke?) and some weapons at WR……>THEN< I'll believe in QB's that have better confidence and can be compared to AW etc

    UK has SO MUCH to fix I still don't have high expectations this year

    5 wins would be a nice step foward

    • jeffrey
      2:44 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

      We have a good running game, 4 good running backs. Now our O-line must open holes and block for them, that remains to be seen. As for WR, we have some good WR, they’re young, so development is in need.

  5. Catcounsel
    9:58 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    I am so pumped right now, after watching the Blue-White Bowl on Saturday, to once again see Kentucky Football actually mean something in the Bluegrass and SEC! Come on Towles, get the job done for Coach Stoops and your teammates, let’s get at least 6 wins this year and head off for any Bowl game this year, with a better Bowl coming next year! GO BIG BLUE!!

    10:03 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Jones is exactly right Towels has it all. Could see Cats gettin that bowl W this year and whoopin the Tards since well be ready to go by then. Trolls can GTFO if they hate Jones and football

    • Limited Edition
      10:29 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Stoops Troops I know you are a huge UK football fan and I enjoy your comments. When you write Towles name it may help you to think Towl(imited)e(dition)s to remember that his name is spelled le not el. Whenever I see someone spell his name like a bathroom linen I feel he isn’t getting the respect he deserves as one of our QBs. It is an unusual name and I hope that little memory trick will help you. 🙂

    • Chris
      12:53 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I Agree about Towles!! His arm is really live !! I think Towles has it all , actually maybe a better release then Woodson!

  7. Julius Randle Cobb
    10:06 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Is it just me, or do Barker and Towles look EXACTLY alike?

    • Haha
      10:39 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Just you Mr. “Randle” Cobb.

  8. Stoops troops
    10:19 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

    I was looking for the link of the video they showed at college gameday that showed Woodson’s friend that had been in a wreck and was Woodson’s motivation for turning his career around. One of those videos that gives you chills. I couldn’t find it but bonus points to anyone that can. Go CATS!!!

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    10:46 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink

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  10. YES
    10:52 pm April 29, 2014 Permalink


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  12. another bad coach
    1:29 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Pt should of started last year once it was obvious jalen couldn’t throw the football because everone new they were gonna lose alot would of had some good experience for this year

  13. History Repeating
    2:23 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

    This sounds an awful lot like Matt talking about Jalen Whitlow after the spring game last year.

  14. Texas Pete
    9:33 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Always knew Towles was really good!

    So the coaching staff made him hang around with the scout team all of last year, while the BBN was treated to a 2-10 season with the two QB the UK coaches said were their best last year.

    So the UK coach makes 7 million dollars a year. He buried Towles last season, Towles goes out on his own and improves himself, and now the head coach says he can see great improvments in Towles game. Pay me 7 million dollars and I will do my job and have someone working with Towles, instead of having him with the Scout team last season.

    This coaching staff will not name Towles as their starter. They can’t. Barker recruited 25 guys coming in. They have to keep Barker happy, so Towles as good as he is will not start.

    Have your freshman recruits on national TV during the Super Bowl, have them be the Y at UK basketball games, while your veteran players aren’t even invited to the game.

    Towles is to good of a player to stick around in this muck!

  15. bigbluedan
    9:46 am April 30, 2014 Permalink

    14 – This is a very interesting observation, the last statement in particular. But Stoops was playing the hype. I don’t really think there is hype if you put Jalen Whitlow on TV. Part of his job is to get butts in the seats and his new recruits were the bait.

  16. RealityCheck
    2:47 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    History is definitely repeating itself (again). I swear it’s like Groundhog Day every spring. We have a spring game, everyone clamors about the “excellent” QB play, then the season starts and we are exposed and struggle to even compete w/ the bottom rung SEC teams. We have the greatest football program in the world every year(between April and August)!