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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: History of Experience at QB

We don’t yet know what the status of Max Smith will be in the fall, but it appears unlikely that he will be the starter come Opening Day.  And with the departure of Jaylen Whitlow, only Patrick Towles has ever thrown a college pass on the roster.  It will be one of the least experienced QB staffs since Andre Woodson left UK in 2007.  Below you will see the returning stats of the QB’s and how that season turned out.

*players listed in parenthese are only those that were RETURNING QB’s

2014 (Max Smith, Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips)
Returning Stats: 11 starts, 311-526 (59.1%), 3303 yds, 22 TD, 10 INT
Returning Stats (minus Max Smith): 0 starts, 19-40 (47.5%), 1 TD, 1 INT
Season Stats: ?????????

2013 (Max Smith, Jalen Whitlow, Patrick Towles-redshirt)
Returning Stats: 14 starts, 293-507 (57.8%), 2829 yds, 16 TD, 11 INT
Season Stats: 204-343 (59.5%), 2319 yds, 14 TD, 6 INT

2012 (Morgan Newton, Max Smith)
Returning Stats: 19 starts, 267-507 (52.7%), 2583 yds, 18 TD, 15 INT
Season Stats: 220-387 (56.8%), 2115 yds, 13 TD, 10 INT

2011 (Morgan Newton)
Returning Stats: 1 start, 100-178 (56.2%), 971 yds, 6 TD, 3 INT
Season Stats:  171-336 (50.9%), 1627 yds, 12 TD, 12 INT

2010 (Mike Hartline, Morgan Newton, Ryan Mossakowski)
Returning Stats: 19 starts, 330-585 (56.4%), 3208 yds, 21 TD, 19 INT
Season Stats: 298-458 (65.1%), 3501 yds, 26 TD, 9 INT

2009 (Mike Hartline, Will Fidler)
Returning Stats: 8 starts, 179-321 (55.8%), 1726 yds, 9 TD, 9 INT
Season Stats: 180-326 (55.2%), 1824 yds, 13 TD, 11 INT

2008 (Mike Hartline, Will Fidler, Matt Lentz)
Returning Stats: 0 starts, 4-6 (66.7%), 34 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Season Stats: 227-415 (54.7%), 2234 yds, 11 TD, 13 INT

Now, in 2008 Kentucky had less experience returning than this year, but not by much.  And that roster had a little guy named Randall Cobb on it and he would go on to play some QB that season.  In fact, he was Kentucky’s most effective QB that year.  This year will be a different experience for the Cats and will likely determine how this season goes.  Now, expectations are not high anyway, but it will be interesting to see if this inexperience leads to less competitive games OR if it ushers in a new era of Kentucky football, where 1 guy takes over the job for the next 2-3 years.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: History of Experience at QB

  1. Cats
    9:37 am April 29, 2014 Permalink


  2. Laker Cat 18
    10:00 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

    How you can misspell Wil(l) twice, Ja(y)len once, and still spell Mossakowski correctly is beyond me.

  3. goose.
    10:07 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

    I laugh at statistical approach to qb’s. Face it, UK hasnt had a team that executes as a team since Rich Brooks. Football is a game of execution and tactics. You dont have to be the most physically imposing or athletically talented team to execute. Lets just enjoy a new coaching philosophy and his approach to building a winning tradition.

  4. Stats
    10:33 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Not sure I am following your starts numbers, how did Morgan Newton pickup 18 starts in the 2011 season? Also if you include Max Smith the 2014 returning starts number should be higher that 2014?

  5. huh
    11:04 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

    im so confused…

  6. MustangCat
    11:13 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Hard to comment on this article. So, let’s just talk football!!! We can see obvious improvement in pretty much all areas, except LB and QB. And in those two area’s, the QB position looks to be more solid then last year. The LB spots are a much bigger question mark?! I don’t expect to see all-american or even all-sec play out of our QB’s. But, it needs to be much improved from last year, and it appears that it will be. Improvement in other offensive area’s should make up a lot of the difference. A much improved offensive line should help, and help both the running and passing games. The improvement in the run game should be drastic! That alone should improve the QB play. If the defense cannot sit back and play the pass, if we can keep the defenses more honest?! That should improve the passing game. Our offense will be better, of that i have no doubt. Unless we are decimated by injuries. Our defense will be better because of that. Getting the defense some breathers should mean the world to the defense. Up front on defense, and the back line look to be good. Maybe even very good. If we can get some guys to step up and play well at LB, our defense could be honestly formidable. I was disappointed Saturday though, in Jacob Hyde. I was expecting a lot more from him?! I watched him particularly in the spring game, and was not impressed. Doesn’t seem to have much of a motor?! He is supposed to be immenesly strong, has great size, yet seemed to be easily blocked by one guy?! Hope they can light a fire under him.