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Patrick Towles has laid down the gauntlet for Kentucky QBs

(VaughtsViews.com)

 

For the past few seasons with the Kentucky football quarterback position, the key problem has been that plenty of guys have been in the mix, but no single player had truly distanced himself from the competition. Kentucky football has seen quarterback decisions and races go down to the wire, not necessarily because two guys were that excellent, but because multiple guys were doing enough to make a case for themselves– but not doing enough to outright win the job.

Will Patrick Towles be that guy this season to separate himself from the pack, which includes a number of other talented options including Drew Barker and Reese Phillips?

We probably won’t know that answer until a few weeks into the fall camp, but this much is certain… Patrick Towles has laid down the gauntlet for Kentucky quarterbacks with the amount of time and effort he has been putting in during his spare time.

Towles seemingly had the slight edge over the rest of the quarterbacks heading into the spring game, but it wasn’t by a long shot. Towles has been reportedly spending a lot of time with quarterback guru and coach George Whitfield. Whitfield worked with Towles for a week over spring break and Towles is in California right now working out with the QB coach who helped mold the likes of Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. 

Patrick Towles may not be your staring quarterback next year, or in future years (Neal Brown isn’t ready to name his starter yet).. but the young man has set the bar for the rest of the quarterbacks as far as what kind of work they will have to put in to distance themselves from the rest of the group. For years now, fans have been waiting and hoping for a quarterback to completely take the reigns of the program and do with the position what the likes of some of the former greats such as Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen and Andre’ Woodson were able to do.

Maybe it will be Towles. Maybe it will be Drew Barker. Maybe it will be the dark horse Reese Phillips or former starter Max Smith. It’s clear to see though that the guys are raising the bar for the off-season.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

12 Comments for Patrick Towles has laid down the gauntlet for Kentucky QBs



  1. Casper
    9:24 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Ally, you are a great writer.
    i enjoy you posts.



  2. Blue Boy
    10:02 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Ya wait three years to try for the job not a quick thinker! Will get in trouble. Air raid is suppose to be a faster game and don’t think all the chips are there in this case.



    • colbert
      10:06 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      duh, do you think?



  3. Beatle Bum
    10:26 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    I thought Towles worked out with a local coach over spring break.



  4. Beatle Bum
    10:29 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Donnie Walker.



  5. STOOPS TROOPS
    10:41 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t sleep on this boy he has all the tools 7-5 this year



    • Cal
      11:19 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      praise Jesus!



  6. David
    8:40 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

    The writer writes.

    “Maybe it will be Towles. Maybe it will be Drew Barker. Maybe it will be the dark horse Reese Phillips or former starter Max Smith. It’s clear to see though that the guys are raising the bar for the off-season. ”

    My question is why does KSR always writes articles as if Philips hardly matters in this competition? Is it because Reese was not born and raised in the Commonwealth? Now from what I have heard coach Brown and coach Stoops say is that the race is too close to call but that Reese Philips was the steadiest quarterback making the least amount of mistakes. My comment to the writer is Dark Horse My A$$! Stop writing articles on things that are just not factual, each one of these guys deserve a fair amount of press, and it should not be bias towards Kentucky breed players. When these kids decide to pick Kentucky they should all be put on an equal playing field. Man I use to like reading this blog but here lately, the articles on the football side has been very disappointing



    • STOOPS TROOPS
      9:18 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

      Other than recruiting, KSR has probably talked more about Philips than Towles. Last year it was no secret that Philips was next in line if Jalen/Max were hurt at same time.



  7. Glenn Fohr
    9:21 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think where you see the difference between Towles and Barker is on the those four long completions Towles made on the drive before the half in the spring game. Those four were on ropes and those are four throws that Phillips just can’t make. We saw several balls thrown by Phillips that showed his limitations, balls that in a real game were picks. Yes, Towles threw a pick to Z but that was due partially to a missed chop block that would have cleared the passing lane. I think Brown wants the starter that can make all the throws, not just the 5 and 10 yarders that can limit this offense. But, again, no starter has been named so who knows.



  8. Midnight Imps
    11:42 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick clearly should be the starter this year. The effort we have seen as well as the core talent you cannot find in many other people, Towles has all the tools to lead his team to a winning season. Let’s take baby steps, but Patrick is the future of Kentucky.



  9. Some Guy in Kentucky
    12:02 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    It would be great if Towles steps up enough that they can redshirt Barker, creating 2 years between them in eligibility.