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Why Patrick Towles has Matured into a Leader

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.”


Patrick denies it, but the resemblance is uncanny.

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.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Why Patrick Towles has Matured into a Leader

  1. asdf
    3:47 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    A little extra padding up there might prevent a concussion. Smart move!

  2. J-Dub421
    4:24 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    I think Towles will have a very good year.

  3. john wall
    5:17 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    You the man Pat, lead us to victory!

  4. Come on Freddie Mag
    5:30 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    Come on, Maggard. The man has style. Stop gummin’
    and gammin’ about his gorgeous hair, it just makes
    you sound like a jealous hater, bruh.

  5. Jewelielou
    6:04 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    I like the longer hair on Towles, it looks nice on him.

  6. Eyebleedue
    7:27 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

    There is one word to describe his hair. P.I.M.P. …

  7. Bluegrass guy
    8:17 am August 8, 2015 Permalink

    Looking more like Bo Wallace