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.”