Patrick Towles is the perceived starter heading into Fall camp. He carries himself with the confidence of a starter, but not the cockiness of a person that already has the job locked up.
Improved accuracy might be the biggest reason for Towles’ mature demeanor. The greatest deficiency in his game is less of a problem because of Coach Dawson’s relaxed temperament, “With Coach Dawson’s philosophy, it’s all about getting yourself comfortable and ready to deliver the football. I had the most accurate Spring I’ve ever had. I’m excited to play ball.”
Dawson’s system puts more power in his hands. Entrusting the offense to the man making the plays has its benefits, “He’s all about doing what we see out there,” Towles said. “If it’s working, we’ll keep it. If it’s not, we’ll fix it.”
It also helps to surround yourself with guys you trust. The constant threat of a Boom from Boom Williams keeps the pressure off the quarterback. Nobody does a better job alleviating defensive pressure than his Center, Jon Toth. His golfing buddy keeps the other linemen on the same page to ensure he stays on his feet.
While all of those are important, I think I know why Patrick appears so confident: his new hair. Even though he still isn’t sure how it will work underneath a helmet, it’s obvious that he enjoys the flow.
Freddie Maggard is one of many who are not fans of the flow. Some have even compared it to Maty Mauk’s disgraceful quaff. Don’t tell that to Patrick, “I ain’t lookin like that. I ain’t trying to at least.”
Regardless of the reason for Patrick’s mature presence, Towles doesn’t feel the pressure to get to a bowl game. He’s confident they can do more, “We’re not shooting for six wins. We’re shooting to win every game.”