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Mel Kiper names Towles one of his top underclassmen QBs

Mel Kiper Jr. and his hair updated the top five underclassmen quarterbacks in college football yesterday and Kentucky’s own Patrick Towles made the list.

Towles ranks fifth among underclassmen, according to Kiper, behind Jared Goff (California), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), Cardale Jones (Ohio State), and Gunner Kiel (Cincinnati), respectively.

Yet some of you still want him benched.

Smdreads.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

59 Comments for Mel Kiper names Towles one of his top underclassmen QBs



  1. @BallBlog_Chad
    11:04 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is a RS Junior



    • gobgblu37
      11:41 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      So what’s your point, juniors are considered underclassmen.



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      11:46 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      juniors are considered upperclassmen … if you don’t know, just look it up

      I don’t think Towles should be benched, but Barker should be getting some reps, he has zero experience and he’s the backup



    • gobgblu37
      11:49 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Obviously not when it comes to the NFL draft.



    • CJ
      11:56 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      So you think that our backup QB, who has never taken a snap, should be getting reps when every one of our games has been close and came down to a TD or less? You’d make a great football coach with that philosophy.



    • fatbrat
      11:57 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      According to the NFL any non-senior is considered an underclassman! As far as the ESPN experts… I know that their high school evaluation team is the lesser of all the groups.



    • Kat 308
      12:02 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Shut up Chad



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      12:05 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      leave it up to the coaches to decide exactly when to get him in for some reps, but I would have liked to have seen some already … Pinkel put his backup in during our game while it was close, do you think he’s a bad coach? his starter ended up getting suspended and the backup had to start, would you rather choose when your backup gets his first series or have it chosen for you?



    • gobgblu37
      12:20 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I also like how Mizzou has handled their qb situation. Pick a series when the qb will play and do it no matter what the score is.



    • Thisiswong
      6:45 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      You are right. and this “Screenshot” Drew took is from June.

      http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/mississippi-state-football/nfl-guru-likes-prescott-and-towles/



  2. inside info2
    11:07 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is not the 5th best underclassmen QB. This is just lazy writing on Kiper’s part. Towles looks like an NFL QB, but has none of the skills. Actually, it probably isn’t lazy writing on Kiper’s part. He is a TERRIBLE judge of NFL talent based on his mock drafts.

    Towles is no Woodson. And Woodson couldn’t even make it in the NFL. That’s not a disparaging remark towards Andre. Not many QBs CAN make it in the NFL.



    • gobgblu37
      11:46 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      ESPN considers him to be a fair judge of talent. I don’t think they pay him to guess on recruits! What makes your option on his options valid?



    • Ha!
      12:17 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      inside info2 needs to replace Mel Kiper on ESPN….



    • CapitalBlue
      1:19 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Who are your 5? Because just stating that “Towles is not the 5th best underclassmen [sic] QB” is, of course, just lazy writing on your part.



    • Tampa Satchel
      9:18 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

      Calling Mel Kiper Jr lazy? Now that’s funny!



  3. Who
    11:14 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Who listens to Mel Kiper?



  4. Matt
    11:21 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Isnt Towels a Junior ?



    • yessir
      11:44 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Underclassmen for College/NFL Football = non-seniors



    • CapitalBlue
      1:22 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      *Towles



  5. Fred Parks
    11:29 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I ASSUME YOU ARE SAYING KIPER IS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON TALENTED PLAYERS, HUH? DUH



  6. Poppschmidty
    11:32 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t want him benched; I trust our coaches, but I want to see Drew Barker for a few series during meaningful game time.



  7. UKChillfan
    11:34 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t want him bench, I want him to make the plays he SHOULD be able to make and avoid the 15 yard sacks.



    • android guy
      1:02 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I want Barker to get some time too, but when every single game is this close, when will it happen? I wouldn’t want to lose a game just to get Barker some time.



    • Lisa
      2:07 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I would like to see Towles benched. The games are close due to horrible passes & sacks. Barker needs playing time. Towles stays in because of the $$ his parents donate. We are lucky our receivers are flexible enough to catch so many passes on the ground



    • Larry G Live
      2:15 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Lisa you are 100% correct



  8. Arm Chair Quarterbacks
    11:34 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Everyone who has commented above is an idiot.



  9. ClutchCargo
    11:38 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t want Towles benched, I want him to start making the routine throws that he needs to make in order for this offense to work. Right now we don’t know that Barker would be even as good as Towles, but until the offense starts clicking, we won’t get a comfortable enough lead to get him in there so we can find out.



  10. Bluemister
    11:46 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Every time I see Kyper and his hair I wanna punch him inna face.



  11. Delk for 3
    11:48 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I told you all that Andrew Harrison wouldn’t make it in the NBA. KSR laughed at me. That proclamation is looking good at this point.
    I will tell you all right now with 100 percent certainty that Patrick Towles will never play in an NFL game.



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      11:50 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      the NBA hasn’t even had a season since Andrew left UK



    • Delk for 3
      11:53 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      He has been relegated to the D-League for the upcoming season, and will not be a part of pre-season training camp. Doesn’t even get the chance to make the Grizzlies.



    • Ha!
      12:18 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      So was Terrence Jones, and Patrick Patterson.



  12. Delk for 3
    11:51 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t think Patrick Towles is a bad college quarterback. I honestly think he’s okay. That stated, I don’t think he’s so good that Drew Barker should never see the field. Patrick hasn’t played consistently strong enough to make the curiosity of what Drew can do go away.



  13. fatbrat
    12:03 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Something is wrong with this page! It wants to roll to the top at all times. Please fix!



  14. Bluecreeker
    12:08 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Delk, I would be willing to take that bet.

    Patrick Towles has every physical attribute need to be a successful NFL QB if he continues to improve mentally.

    Much of what you see as weakness has a lot to do with the offense they are trying to run. Let’s just say the 4th quarter of last weeks game is what the offense SHOULD look like. I saw a difference, did you?



  15. KT
    12:20 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Backup qb always popular. Towles is kind of becoming our football version of Andrew Harrison. He’s awesome but some people will never like him for whatever reason. He should be our starting qb. Barker would be getting reps if this team could win by more than one score but that’s not their style. We are a young talented team that can beat anyone on the schedule or lose as well(even to Charlotte). There will be a LOT of close games because offense is young and defense has overacheived to this point. Stay patient, we all see progress though. Still say 7-5 this year but defensive effort makes me believe we could sneak another win or 2 in there if we play well. Consistency on offense will continue to improve last half of season. I just hope our line stays healthy.



    • CatsfaninFL
      1:14 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Injuries too. We’ve steered clear of them but with us being young any key player injury could seriously put us in trouble. Agree that 7-5 is quite doable…. Charlotte, Louisville, and Vandy (although Vandy at Vandy w/ that defense will not be the cake walk everyone is assuming) are our best shots for that but certainly not out of the realm to add in UT or Auburn given how they are playing.

      I also think with each win we have to be better at not letting it get to the young guys heads… every week will be a dogfight (as our 5 games decided by <9 has shown).



  16. jman3715
    12:24 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Not sure about Towles but that dude’s hair is epic!



  17. Lorenzen's Gut
    12:52 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Towels sucks. End of story



    • question
      1:04 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Even the towels that Towles uses?



    • CapitalBlue
      1:22 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      *Towles



    • Dude
      1:25 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Yet has a better record than Lamar Jackson, Reggie Bonnafon, and Kyle Bolin combined.

      Have a good day! 🙂



    • DesignatedDrinker
      3:58 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      People who dislike Towles have been purposefully misspelling it. It is juvenile and if these are the type of people who disapprove of him being the QB, then he definitely should be. But getting Barker a drive in the first half here and there through 5 games you would think would’ve been planned no matter the score. Towles starting and Barker getting some reps are what’s best for the program. Shannon Dawson leaving is also what’s best for the program. Nothing creative, nothing unpredictable. Should be 5-0, but ecstatic about 4-1.



  18. Memories
    1:06 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Number 1 underclass man QB Jared Goff, coached by Cal’s offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

    Remember that guy?



  19. Just a Fan
    2:19 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Towles sucks and is a douchebag enough said.



    • RockyMountainWildcat
      3:29 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      And what’s your solution? That we play a kid who hasn’t taken a competitive snap yet instead of the guy who’s lead the team to a 4-1, very close to 5-0, record so far? Or are you just a troll? I’m guessing the latter…



  20. Derek Willis
    2:21 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Wish Stoops was my coach, so I could get playtime. Unfortunately I play under cal who plays the best players.



    • RockyMountainWildcat
      3:28 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I’m confused. If you’re implying that Towles is the starter bc he’s an in state kid (like Willis), that point is kind of null and void, since Barker is also from Kentucky. Not trying to be obnoxious about it, you might be making a perfectly valid point, I just don’t know what it might be. Care to clarify a bit?



    • JT
      3:49 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I think what the DW is implying, is Barker is better than Towles and should be playing. Its no secret that Patrick family donates a lot of money to the university and has a lot of influence. Plus you throw in Stoops who is still pissed off at Barker for off field stuff and that’s why patrck is playing. I tend to agree



  21. kybigblue
    4:04 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Didn’t Towles get outplayed by a redshirt freshmen in the UF game? Then he lead them to a big win over Ole Miss.



  22. Dieter
    4:33 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, Stoops must be playing the inferior QB because his parents donate money, as opposed to the assuredly better, completely untested and unknown backup QB! It makes perfect sense, after all, for Stoops to jeopardize his job by knowingly electing to play the inferior player for a few Booster dollars… In Cal’s words, “you people are crazy.” If Towles is playing, it’s because he honestly believes their best chance to win is with him. He’s the professional. We are not.



    • Dieter
      4:37 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      “he” being Stoops and “him” being Towles.



  23. DB
    6:07 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Guys we are not the best football program out there, but Towles has brought us to a 4-1 record. We have a great chance of making a bowl. If it gets to the point where we may not make a bowl, then you can start calling for Towles head, but until then how about you all actually give him some support.



  24. Thisiswong
    6:44 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    This article was written on June 25th(ish) Check it out..

    http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/mississippi-state-football/nfl-guru-likes-prescott-and-towles/

    Great reporting from KSR once again!



  25. CatsBaby
    6:52 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Doesnt matter. Drew gonna transfer anyways.. Watch n see. No way he sits behind Towles for another yr..



  26. Andy
    9:43 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Does Towles have the physical tools to be a NFL QB- Yes but so did Josh Freeman. There are other aspects such as the mental aspect, accuracy and being able to read defenses. That’s what separates great QBS from back ups. Time will tell if he can be consistent in those areas. Until then the Jury is out.



  27. MattInTN
    4:44 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    You all are all absolutely insane. We’re 4-1!! Let me repeat, 4-1, 4-1, 4-1, 4-1. You seriously want to make a quarterback change when the only game we have lost is to a team that is much better than everyone predicted?? Get off Patrick’s back. The guy loves this program as much as any one of us reading this blog, and he’s playing good football. Anybody who things the backup that has NEVER TAKEN A COLLEGE SNAP is going to be better is completely off their rocker. If you would have told me Matt Roark would be our QB all year and we’d start 4-1, I’m taking it every single time! Just take a step back and look how far this program has come. Patrick is a guy that we can all get behind. He’s a Kentucky kid that bleeds blue and wants this program to be the best that it can be. We’re trying to make it to bowl games not win national titles. QB’S sit for 2-3 years at every major program. Drew will have his time and be great here, but Patrick is our guy right now and if you can’t get behind him then start cheering for that red team down the road!



  28. John S
    11:02 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    He doesn’t need to be benched. He will never develop consistency sitting on the bench. UK is going to upset some more of it’s SEC rivals this year with him behind center. Its good to see people excited about the UK football program again and Towles is a big part of that. #BBN #WeAreUK