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Patrick’s Problems are in His Head

© Mark Zerof | Getty
© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | USA Today

Patrick Towles did not have the New Commonwealth Stadium debut he was dreaming of.

Towles only completed 47% of his passes, and threw an interception that setup a game-tying drive.  However he still managed a solid 257 yards and 3 impressive touchdowns.

Mark Stoops described it succinctly, “A little bit inconsistent.  He had some great throws, explosive plays, and then missed some opportunities.”

Towles was one or two throws away from a completely different game.  After starting the second half with an overthrow, his next pass was underthrown.  “I think that does play into it a little bit,” Stoops said.  “I think he put a lot of pressure on himself.  I think he cares a great deal, and wanted to play very well.”

Stoops remains confident in Patrick’s play moving forward.  If it continues, Drew Barker is not far behind, but until then, Stoops is staying out of Pat’s head.

“He knows he’s going to be held accountable like our team.  But what do I tell him?  ‘Hey, throw it a little more.  Hey throw that one a little further.  Pull back on that next one.’  I’m no quarterback guru.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

12 Comments for Patrick’s Problems are in His Head



  1. UKBlue
    2:01 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    With all this investment UK is putting towards everything, they need to invest in some sports psychologists. Patrick gets in a game & loses it to the pressure & then we have the 2nd half of the game. If UK has any hope, Patrick needs to get it together which puts even more pressure on him.



    • Bluetothebone
      7:17 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      I think it is reaching a critical point that Patrick might not be the individual to take this program to the next level… he is a fourth year junior is time to put these issues behind him that he is having



  2. GroundControlToNumber9
    3:43 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Hey Nick… your problems are in your ass.

    It’s a game…



    • Matt Jones
      4:03 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      I hired Nick as a favor to Tony Vanetti. If you want real analysis, follow Freddie



  3. jr
    4:14 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Im a huge UK fan. PT is PT. Same as last year, we will really see after this week. IF anyone has that duel option QB, its going to kill us this year. We haven’t figured that out yet. But WR’s, RB’s great improvement from last year. But again can PT not be PT from last year??



    • scorpiocard
      7:44 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      You mean a QB like…ahem, Lamar Jackson?



  4. Steve
    4:34 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Are we still debating where he ranks among other SEC QB’s?



  5. Time Expired
    7:16 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Towles has played now from last year 7 games in a row well underperforming. Cats have lost 6 of those games. How much time does the guy need to prove he is SEC caliber. His decision making is so questionable and accuracy is just poor. No short game and poor touch on the long passes. Wish I could say something positive but so far his play lacks positivity.



    • Dave n Lex
      9:39 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      Several days before the game Stoops said that Barker would definitely see PT against LA/LAF and indicated it would most likely be in the first half. Stoops had at least 6 good reasons to inset Barker in the second half and give us all a look at Barker, but he didn’t. There has been no explanation to my knowledge as to why. Hey, Coach Stoops, why did you not put Barker in the game?



    • Guy with football knowledge
      10:02 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      So you are saying that Towles under performed against Mississippi State last year? Not from what I remember!
      Also, you said he has not touch on deep passes, which is incorrect. All 3 touchdown passes were deep passes and they were pretty accurate. Go watch the highlights!



  6. chardun
    10:52 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    PT last 7 games 105 comp. 234 attempts 1434 yards 8 TDs 7 int. Under 50% completion percentage. 5 of the Td passes came against MSU 2 and 3 against ULL. Just saying.



  7. Northern KY football
    7:40 am September 8, 2015 Permalink

    Coach Stoops, why wouldn’t Towles put pressure on himself? He’s had two different head coaches, three different offensive coordinators, offensive coaches leaving and coming, everyone adding their two cents worth of knowledge to his abilities. All the while he works his tail off 365 days a year. Let the kid play. This week just give him the dang ball and he will get it done. Sometimes silence is golden for a player like him.