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Butch Jones says Patrick Towles is one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC

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Before he started building that mailbox in Knoxville brick by brick, Butch Jones was the head coach at Cincinnati, where he became very familiar with a certain quarterback across the Ohio River.

“I am very, very familiar with Patrick Towles, being from right outside Cincinnati,” Jones told reporters yesterday. “We recruited him at Cincinnati, and he was our number one target. We have a lot of respect for him. He is a winner. He comes from a great, great high school program. I think he is one of the best quarterbacks in our conference.”

In turn, Jones had a lot of praise for Kentucky’s offense, which ranks ninth in the SEC.

They are very, very, very explosive on offense. They can score any time they get the football. They can score from anywhere on the field. They do a great job of distributing the football and running the football.”

Tennessee’s offense ranks seventh in the SEC and features dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who will test a beleaguered Kentucky defense that gave up six touchdowns to Dak Prescott on Saturday.

“Defensively, very, very physical and play with great effort,” Jones said of Kentucky’s defense. “They are very stout upfront and have the luxury to play man-to-man coverage anywhere on the football field. It’s going to be a challenge, and it starts with a great week of preparation.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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63 Comments for Butch Jones says Patrick Towles is one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC

  1. DesignatedDrinker
    11:05 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    ‘There was a problem with the webpage so it was reloaded’.

  2. Mixxy
    11:06 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Nice remarks about Towles, but then his equally praise-filled comments about our defense make anything he said suspect.

  3. Redneck Cat Fan
    11:14 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Who cares what that guy thinks about Towels,,,I know and seen enuff to say he ain’t no good enuff for the sec,,,maybe the sun belt.and I Ben a wildcat fan for my hole i don’t take the opinon of strangreswho couch at tenne,,,,they need to start drew barked.this is on YOU,Mitch!!!

    • Louisville Thug
      11:19 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      well dawg da cayuts be havin a beter record than uz this yur. we gon lose to dem, i jus no it. I gon drink my Crown, smoke bluntz, and hire a hooker to help when we lose.

    • Poppschmidty
      11:21 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      As far as satire goes: this is pretty damn funny!

    • Redneck Cat Fan's Redneck Friend
      11:34 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Hells yeah, mang. Pass me another cold one, Travis!

  4. Paul Vance
    11:19 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Redneck Car Fan just proved his name accurate with that elementary school education post.

  5. Ummmm
    11:20 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Ask him if he would trade QBs…

  6. RICK
    11:30 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Explosive offense scored one td last week.

  7. John Too Short
    11:36 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Towels is not even the best QB on the team…

    • papasnapper
      11:43 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      How in the heck do we know? Unless the O Line starts to protect the QB better, none of them will excel. Kind of hard to hit targets while on the run, or ducking for cover, virtually as soon as the ball leaves the center! Way too many break downs in blocking assignments and even play calling (based on the defense presented) to let any QB shine.

    • ManO'war
      11:45 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      After seeing Drew Barker the other night, there is no way he is more prepared to play than Towles. That might be the coaches fault. I realize that he needs more playing time to truly show us what he is capable of. He looked like a terrified middle schooler out there the other night. I’d like to see him get snaps against Charlotte where he won’t be under so much pressure.

    • jdarren1963
      12:04 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      The Charlotte game should be one where Barker will get to play some. On the other hand, we thought the same thing about the UL-L and EKU games too.

  8. papasnapper
    11:39 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Butch graduated summa cum laude from the University of Coach Speak.

    • tippytoe
      7:56 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Butch is saying Towles is the best quarterback in the SEC so when Dobbs puts up 6 running touchdowns against Ellot’s defense, then he will be able to say after that Dobbs is the best in the country!

  9. Kyblue34
    11:53 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Ha, that’s a good one, Butch!! LOL!

  10. The Rest of the story
    11:53 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Butch blowing smoke up the asses of all those who believe him….lol. Towels would be a good OVC quarterback he is just not a major college player.

    • Redneck Cat Fan
      11:59 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I AGREE with u a hunnert percent!!!its so aggervating to here all these homers who think towles is so damn good? and i ben a fan of uofk for my hole life! This is on you,MITCH!!!

    • RBT
      12:02 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      You make a terrible couch coach because you are ignorant and know nothing about football. Go back to Madden.

    • Radmankd
      1:42 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Butch sounds like Pitino talking about his next cupcake opponent.

  11. This year....
    11:56 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Is it really saying much to be called one of the best in the SEC? No. And that isn’t even true.

    • TroLLoL
      12:02 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Obvious troll is trolling.

      Even a down SEC > ACC/AAC/BigEast/CUSA/Metro

    • This year....
      12:43 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Not every comment is trolling, moron. Mine wasn’t. The SEC isn’t blessed with great qb play this season. I stand by that statement. How about you big mouth?

    • Trolldog
      12:51 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I stand by his statement that Even a down SEC > ACC/AAC/BigEast/CUSA/Metro

    • This year....
      12:57 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Where did I ever mention another conference? I didn’t. The SEC usually has great qb play. It doesn’t this year. There’s really no arguing that. Geez you people are stupid. Also, changing names is for p*****s.

    • TroLLoL
      1:04 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      LOL. So angry.

      And I didn’t change names, pu$$y.

    • Trolldog
      2:35 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      lol settle down, angry man. No name changing here, I’m a different person than TroLLoL. So just ask he shouldn’t assume everyone is a troll, you shouldn’t assume someone is changing their name to comment to you.

    • This year....
      2:50 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Yes you did. Jackass coward…

    • TroLLoL
      9:09 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      LOL. No we didn’t, you insecure little pansy.

  12. Captain Obvious
    12:12 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I’m willing to bet that a number of these “Towles haters” on here were the same guys hoping we’d get Elijah Sindelar as our QB….

    • DACats86
      1:14 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      False. I doubt the “haters” know who Sindelar is.

    • Captain Obvious
      1:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I was around these comment sections when his recruitment was going on. Not false.

    • Captain Obvious
      1:32 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Here we go again February 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
      If Stoops can’t get a kid from Kentucky to sign, what good is he? Way to go, Coach Stoopid. In all seriousness, good luck, Elijah. Sounds like you have a great future ahead of you whether it involves football or not. And I agree with ShepKat, it’s nice to not have to get too concerned over one recruit. Hopefully we have our QB for the next there years, anyway. Still looking forward to FB season right in the middle of BB season. The year of the Cat is coming soon, folks. I feel we’re going to be very competetive in the SEC in the next 2 or 3 years and a bowl game isn’t at all out of the question for next season, though, without looking at the schedule, I’d say 4 or 5 wins is likely. CATS

      Catdaddy January 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
      Kid is the goods. No clue what his mental capacities are for the game but he’s got the best arm I’ve ever seen in KY. Not as talented overall as Couch or Brohm but he has an NFL arm. Accuracy is iffy and that may be his biggest concern. Maybe not as good an overall prospect as Barker but extremely good and a definite take at UK. Would be by far the second best Cat prospect at QB since Woodson with Barker being the top. JMO

      Johnny Football February 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink
      Might put the blame on the staff as they want to be noticed by UK and not lead a Kentucky player to Purdue? He will never play there and will be back at Murray or Western in a year. He will get a good education but UK has a great program also. Purdue football is on the way down and we are on the way up. Terrible decision hope he re considers! He is no Matt Elam!

      DesignatedDrinker January 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
      This guy is legit… good basketball player also. He will be a big time DI QB.

      Slim Whitman January 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
      No he hasn’t. Sindelar’s numbers were across the board better than Barker AND ES many times played only into the 3rd quarter and with a running clock. His “numbers” are fine.

      Les Johns January 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink
      Sindelar is a legit prospect and will make some program extremely happy. He has a cannon for an arm, and has great vision while evading pressure.

      I can’t understand “randomly” pulling one game’s stats and using that as analysis of some weakness. Drew Barker’s stats against Anderson Co. were 6-of-24 passing for 124 yards, and many consider him to be UK football’s savior.

      I’ve yet to see Barker play live, but if Sindelar commits to UK there will be serious competition at the QB spot — and that is GREAT for the program.

      Time4#9 October 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
      This kid will be the biggest recruit for UK to get in the last 10 years. An elite QB that can do it all. What all of his stats don’t show are the amount of drops his receivers have. The kid would be completing 80% of his passes if it wasn’t for drops. Must get player for Stoops and UK.

      Blueboy October 27, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink
      Sindelar is rated higher than Barker in their respective classes. Quit trying to knock this kid you bunch of dumb fugs, he’s the better quarterback.

  13. Harry
    12:12 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    may be 5th or 6th but definitely not a threat.

  14. nky_cat
    12:17 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    put barker back behind that O line along with the receivers and he would just do the same if not worse. cant be a good qb if you dont have receivers who can catch the ball. terrible.

    • Biscuits
      12:58 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      You can’t be serious. Yes, our WRs have had some drops, but they’ve made way more spectacular catches than drops. WR drops are part of the game, and it happens to every team in the country. Have you ever played WR before? Some of our drops are WRs trying to make a play before they have secured the ball, which that’s difficult to criticize them for. The majority however comes directly from Towles inconsistency. WRs have to make split second decisions while avoiding getting their heads taken off by by DBs, and you can’t expect a WR to catch every ball when they don’t know if the ball is going to be thrown high, low, or hit them in the numbers. We have only had a few drops that were good accurate passes, and I’m betting those WRs were shocked that Towles threw it accurately and they didn’t have to make an acrobatic catch. Not saying the WRs are blameless, but why is Towles allowed to make several mistakes every game, but the WRs aren’t allowed to make even a few? Don’t listen to these KSR writers, most of whom don’t know anything about football. Our WRs have been very solid this year overall, and are the main reason (along with Boom) that we have won any games at all.

    • J-Dub421
      1:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Towles gets all the criticism. You make excuses for the receivers making drops, Biscuits, but don’t account for terrible offensive line play affecting Towles ability to throw. It’s hard to be an accurate passer when you have less than a second from the time the ball is snapped until there’s a defender in your face.

    • CATandMONKEY
      1:20 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      The job of the WR is to catch passes. If the ball is in your hands or at the numbers, you should be catching 80%+. That is a B-/C+ average on money passes. Not a very high bar. Those aren’t just catchable passes, which should be caught at a rate of at least 50%, those are “gimme” passes; on the money, in the bread basket, gift passes. How many good TD or long-yardage passes have we dropped?

      To say that ” we have only had a few drops that were good accurate passes” is at best totally disingenuous and in complete denial of the facts or, complete and utter nonsensical manure.

      Drops of good passes aren’t the only issue on offense but they are one of several MAJOR issues.

  15. TyE
    12:24 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Jesus, somebody just tell me if it will be a blackout this week or not. While all of y’all are worried about this bull I just wanna know if I can get an excuse to get some new gear!

    • KYCATS13
      12:34 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Where is everyone going to go to eat and grab an adult pop after the game?

  16. Blueboy
    12:36 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Jones sounds a lot like Holtz. Bragging about nothing. Towels choose Joker over Jones. It’s a sign, can’t go through his progressions then and still can’t.

  17. omegastu
    12:56 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    The REAL question is….


    • DACats86
      1:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Now we’re focusing on important issues about this game!

  18. RICK
    12:58 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Barker looked pretty bad the other night, is delivery looked weird . I think Towels should be the starter and let Barker play in Elams place. Just kidding, kick some Tenn. ass Sat night and i will be yelling and screaming like usual.

    • Delk for 3
      1:12 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      “His delivery looked weird.” What are you talking about? He has a nice release and has a much faster release than Towles. I honestly don’t know what you were watching if you think he had a bad start to his career. Sure, the interception was a bad mistake but that’s all it was. A mistake. He’ll learn to take the sack in the future. Otherwise, he was throwing some bullets on the short passes and delivering them QUICKLY to receivers in stride. To me, those types of throws are what make those plays successful. Towles takes forever to get the balls out to the WRs on such quick out plays and thus they fail often.

    • Hahaha!
      1:34 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      ….but Towles is not allowed to make mistakes. lol

  19. asdf
    1:09 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Towles problem is still consistency. He can make throws that probably nobody else in the SEC can make right now, but then he throws a boner pass into triple coverage.

  20. Elmer Skaggs
    1:11 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like a blowout. Stoops should start Baker and save Towels for winnable games

    • DACats86
      1:14 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Scoop: Baker is starting.

    • CATandMONKEY
      1:23 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Awesome. Baker, a new QB.

    • Trolldog
      2:38 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Elmer you need to worry about whatever scrub team your Tards are playing this week. Keep working towards maybe getting a winning record. Oh, and there’s also hookers for you to worry about too, so get back to Card Chronicle.

    • Booby Petrino
      2:39 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      When did this Baker kid become a Cat? Does he have a first name? Or are we supposed to move Dorian Baker to the QB spot, is that your suggestion?

    • It worked for Joker
      5:03 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I say give Baker a shot.

  21. UKBlue1!
    1:38 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is not the issue. The O line and dropped passes are about 80% of the problem. If this gets taken care of there would be a better flow and more consistency from Towles.

  22. john ward
    5:30 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    stoops vs butchie in the octagon…who wins??????

  23. Reality
    5:57 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    We’re midway through Towles junior season. He’s way too inconsistent. He stares down his receivers. He can’t throw a slant route consistently. Most of the time it is behind the receiver. He makes poor decisions and doesn’t read defenses well. He isn’t the answer I was hoping for this season.
    We lose the next two games for sure. Hopefully we can win 2 out of the last 3. If we beat Charlotte and Louisville for a bowl bid I’ll be thrilled. Or Charlotte and Vandy but I prefer beating Louisville.