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Kentucky’s quarterbacks: Two is not always greater than one

The Kentucky coaching staff has made it clear from the beginning of the season that they plan to find ways to utilize both Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith at the quarterback position. Whitlow was given the starting nod for week 1, but ever since that game, Whitlow and Smith have essentially shared the duty of starting quarterback. The two have traded off series on a number of occasions, but last night the rotation was a bit more confusing. Whitlow started the game for Kentucky, helping the Wildcats drive halfway down the field before Smith came in to replace him. Three plays later, the offensive movement down the field was stalled when Smith was sacked for a loss. Kentucky ended up making the most of the situation with some trickery on the fake field goal, but for the first time all season, Jalen Whitlow appeared comfortable early in the game and the offense was rolling. The switch mid-series was a bit puzzling.

All night long, the two quarterbacks were shuffled in and out-– both making good plays coupled with some not so good plays. Neither quarterback was given the keys to the game though. Instead, the shuffle became one of the story lines following the game.

Neal Brown was asked about the quarterback situation following the game. Brown wasn’t ready to jump to any conclusions, “I have to evaluate the quarterbacks. I know they have to hit our guys better in stride so they can make plays.”

Jalen Whitlow was asked in the post-game interviews if he would prefer UK to settle down on one quarterback, rather than rotating the two. “That’s coach’s decision. I’m not in a position to say anything about that.”

Maxwell Smith finished 12-20 on the night, passing for 90 yards. Smith’s longest completion was 21 yards, but he was sacked 4 times. Smith also had one interception on the evening.  Jalen Whitlow was 5-6 on the night, throwing for 35 yards. Whitlow also carried 3 times for a total of 9 yards.

The alternating quarterbacks obviously gives the opposing team something to think about and offers a different look for the defense each time a change is made. With that said, the two quarterbacks are so different that it might be a little predictable for the defense as to what type of play either one is likely going to be running. Heading into the meat of the toughest stretch of Kentucky’s season, will Kentucky continue to move forward with both quarterbacks playing a significant amount, or will the season move forward on the shoulders of just one?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

20 Comments for Kentucky’s quarterbacks: Two is not always greater than one

  1. niaps
    11:38 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I say go to 1 quarterback, Patrick Towles. Give him every rep so we may have a fairly good quarterback next year. This year is totally down the tubes so lets build for next year. Whitlow cannot throw further than 5 yards and Smith has horrible accuracy. Cannot count on Barker as a true freshman he will get eaten alive. Damage control is all we can do now as I can only see 1 more win this year.

  2. Jody Lockman
    11:44 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    New Eric Davis 2015 highlights

  3. Oogie
    11:47 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, that two quarterback system is really keepin’ those defenses confused, ain’t it! 7 points vs. Florida and they were all scored by the kicker.

  4. tickle
    11:48 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    jody lockman==eric davis can make baskets when no one is guarding him but it’s hard to tell how good (or not) he is from that video

  5. Jeff
    11:51 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    If you recorded the game, just watch the first 5 plays, its a no brainer, start Whitlow and leave him in the whole game !

  6. JJ
    12:05 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Stoops = Steve Kragthorpe Part II

  7. Cayuts By A Hunnert!
    12:08 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    AIR RAID!!!!!!!! SOUND THE SIRENS!!! CAN’T ST…..oh, shit, wow…um, sorry about that. Never mind.

  8. schwing
    12:25 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    bring in peyton manning and maybe they win one more game this year. it’s the quarterback. it’s one position. the team as a whole is hopeless.

  9. bung
    12:33 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    towles then smith and tell 77 to block that guy…

  10. ICBMcat
    12:44 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t have a SINGLE quarterback. That’s one of many problems. We need a couple more recruiting classes.

  11. Dan
    12:51 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    God I can’t wait ’til Drew Barker is here.

  12. Remarkable
    12:53 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Amazing reading some of the idiotic comments this morning. I read one commenter defending himself saying he’s “venting”. Well, one man’s venting is another man’s whining. Don’t any of you recognize a key difference in this Air Raid vs. Mumme’s? Geez, not very football smart are we? Tim Couch, who happened to be the #1 pick in the NFL draft. That and receivers like Yeast that were experienced when Mumme got here. I knew Couch’s Leslie County Offensive Coordinator. While Couch was still in High School, and before he chose UK, the coach told me Couch was good enough to make a 5 or 6 win difference if he went to UK. I didn’t believe it. Turns out he was right. UK does not have that guy right now. smith and Whitlow belong in the MAC or FCS. Towles is not the answer, and our only receivers with talent have no experience.

    What does Calipari say? Give me talent and I’ll win. Even more the case in football. The talent gap is huge, and those that didn’t know it are stupid. I happen to think JoJo Kemp either missed an assignment, juggled the ball, or who knos, maybe mouthed off. I think Stoops and Brown were evasive about his playing time because they didn’t want to publicly throw him under the bus.

    Not much you can do until you have a QB. Barker may be the answer, but it may take him a year or two. If you believed that Stoops was going to turn this thing around in year one, it says more about your stupidity than it does about Stoops ability to coach.

  13. 27
    1:21 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    “Hey Louisville, What’s it like to beat Florida ???”

  14. Biff Switters
    1:44 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Right now his team has 1 maybe two more wins on the season than UK and he’s playing KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL….not exactly Texas High School Football if u know what I mean. KHSAA does not compare to SEC.

  15. BigBlue
    3:03 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Leave Whitlow in the whole game…he will make some mistakes but it it is better than switching them out and stalling drives…

    We are not a good football team guys…if you do not have a QB…and we do not…then you are not going to be a good football team…the offense flows through the QB in the game of football. The offense scores points in the game of football. If you have no QB and you cannot move the ball on offense, you cannot score and you cannot win.

    So stop acting surprised…

    Once we get a QB things get drastically better.

  16. Scott Harris
    5:04 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    If the year has already gone down th etubes, then why waste another year of Towles’ eligibility? That makes no sense at all.

  17. Be a Grown Up
    5:57 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Good post, number 12. I agree. I think we should stick with Whitlow and design a game plan around him. I wonder now why we haven’t sought out a JUCO QB for next year. I think it is unreasonable to think Barker is the answer as a freshman.

  18. JMC
    7:58 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Try Towles. Drew Barker will start next year no doubt. Go Cats

  19. Cat1973
    8:14 am September 30, 2013 Permalink

    You have to go with Towles. The records of Smith an Whitlow speak for themselves.

    In the last 20 or so games that either Smith or Whitlow have started KY has won about 4 of those games.

    On pace between them to be 5 and 27 collectively by the end of the year.

    Barker struggled to beat a terrible Campbell County team by 1 and lost to a team they were picked to drill in South Oldham.