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.