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Stoops on Towles: “He gave us a chance to win”


Mark Zerof | USA Today

Until he throws for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game, against the New England Patriots, a portion of the UK football fan base will continue to cry out for the benching of Patrick Towles. That’s just how it is for him right now. He can’t do any good in some eyes.

At least his coach is among those supporting him, and that’s all that really matters. Mark Stoops, though well aware improvement is needed, credited his QB 1 with putting the team in a position to win:

There was some moments where we were not good enough and there was some things he did very well. But there were some head scratchers in there. That’s going to happen against a good defense, a good team, mixing up their coverages and doing some things. But I thought that, again, he gave us a chance to win. If we pull down that ball on third down on the two or three, whatever it was, then we’re all sitting here talking about how great he was to lead us back again. So, it’s a fine line.

Rob Rang of writes, “Even in loss, Kentucky QB Patrick Towles flashes NFL upside.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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86 Comments for Stoops on Towles: “He gave us a chance to win”

  1. UKChillfan
    10:56 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t question the fact that he’s the best we have, I would just like to see him play more consistently and more intelligently. The last play is typical of what drives me crazy when it come to Towles.

    • The Professor
      1:01 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink


  2. BenHur
    11:01 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    His play is slightly better than the team as a whole. Biggest need for improvement this year is the O-line. Towles plays under pressure a lot, and our line sometimes touches no one at all, like not even a hand on someone rushing the edge.

  3. Enough
    11:03 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    “The chance to win” excuse is getting old and played out, win the damn game. If is wasn’t for his many, many mistakes, we should have won easily. He’s not an SEC quarterback, and won’t ever be. Sit him down and give Barker a chance, let him learn this year and maybe next year he can lead a team we can get behind. We’re a 6 win team this year with either QB, so let Barker learn. There’s nothing “special” going to happen this year and if you keep thinking it, your living in a dream world.

    • J-Dub421
      11:08 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      So Towles missed blocks? Towles dropped those passes? The receivers would stop dropping the ball if Barker threw it instead of Towles? If Barker was better, he would be playing. Also, learn the difference between your and you’re.

    • Dieter
      11:09 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      He has won many close games, in fact. A bowl game would be more “special” than we’ve had around here in a long time.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:19 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Enough, that is enough, truly.

      1:06 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Towels didn’t miss those blocks nor drop those passes. He did misread the defense and threw an interception in the redzone instead of throwing a TD to Juice. I don’t care what Matt Jones says that interception was not Bakers fault. For 1 Pat threw the ball to the wrong man. He determined where he was going to throw it presnap instead of seeing that we had a safety man up on juice with no middle support because the LB was manned up on the TE on the other side of the field. That ball should have been going to Juice off the presnap read. Also it was a terrible pass if he lead the receiver we may still catch a touchdown. Instead he threw it behind the receiver almost directly to the DB. And Baker wasn’t suppose to let the man catch the ball I call BS. Matt said on the post game he thought it was Patricks fault until he talked to a fromer QB. I assume that the hefty lefty is that much of a homer he can’t call Patty ice out for a mistake. I think this guy is our starting QB no doubt about it. And with that comes criticism. He F’ed up and we are just calling it out. I would love to be in the film room with these guys. Players tricked this game not the coaches.

    • The analogist
      3:53 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, and Barker has such leadership, leading people to fire BB guns on campus and leading people to punch him in the face twice

    11:06 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Yea lets put a freshman QB in against those different coverage’s.
    Dude its UK Football. Lower your expectations a bit and enjoy that they are improving. This fan base has WAY too high expectations for the football program.

    • theWilkman
      11:30 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Right on. I don’t understand the mentality of some fans. At the beginning of the season everyone just wanted a bowl game. Are we not still on track?

    • agreed
      1:19 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I agree 100% that we have to high of expectations. It’s like the 40-0 mentality has followed over to the football team, and every time we lose everyone wants to find a cliff. We are easily still on track for a bowl game and I can’t wait to see how well this team continues to develop.

    • Brian
      2:16 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      It’s simple, really. Those fans are morons, and in reality a very small percentage of our fan base. They just tend to be the most vocal.

      95% of BBN is not this way….

  5. Still Angry
    11:07 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Exactly, and it wasn’t NEARLY all good during the game, either. What is coach supposed to say when he won’t entertain the thought or replacing Towles? What gives there, anyway, I have a hard time believing Barker is so bad he can’t see the field! Is there truth to the posts the Bunning family has such a tight grip on the powers that be at UK they can’t make the change?

    Also Drew, It isn’t ALL THAT MATTERS! What matters are wins and a fan base that continues to support the rebuilding effort. Some writers on KSR continue to look through really thick glasses at reality. KSR is also partly responsible for continuing to fan the flames of discontent by refusing to tell the truth about Towles.

    • Dieter
      11:12 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Here it is! The Bunning conspiracy theory. Yes! Stoops is playing the guy he thinks is the inferior QB, thus jeopardizing his own job by doing so, just for a few donor dollars. Makes perfect sense!

    • theWilkman
      11:31 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Stoops would rather lose and keep the Bunning family happy than earn $100,000 with an SEC win. Makes sense to me

    • Dangers
      11:46 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Do everyone a favor and never post on anything ever again. If they could revoke such privileges, then this comment would absolutely be deserving.

    • Dude
      11:54 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      These people walk among us, folks…..

    • The analogist
      4:16 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Why is everybody getting ticked off about a game we were already prepared to lose before the year??

  6. BlueRedneck
    11:07 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    I agree that he made some big plays and some great throws, but he has to limit the mistakes he is making if we want to take the next step. It’s like a point guard who has 8 assists, but also 6 turnovers. The bad plays tend to negate many of the good ones.

    That being said, not sure if Barker would be any better, but I sure wish we could get up on a team by more than a couple of TD’s so that Barker could see some field time. The kid has to be getting awfully frustrated.

  7. BenHur
    11:09 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    We have some blog comment guys who need to talk to our AD. Clearly they can run a college football program better than Stoops.

  8. Le Docteur
    11:11 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Please stop caricaturing the fan base’s criticism of Patrick Towles. I think the fan base’s frustration with Towles is not significantly different than the coaching staff’s frustration with him. There were a lot of moments to point to in last night’s game where if someone had stepped up and made a play, we would have won. Baker’s dropped touchdown pass that cost us 4 points. Boom’s dropped dump-off pass late. Badet just missing what would had made that miracle catch on he next to last play. But also Towles made one of the most obvious mistakes and it was not a physical mistake — throwing to (well, behind) Baker in the end zone as Juice flashed wide open right in Towles’ line of vision. No one in their right mind is denying that Towles also had many, many moments of brilliance last night. But he is still, after 4 years of college football, a slow reader to the point of usually being a one-read QB, still takes too many ridiculous sacks and still is wildly inconsistent in his accuracy. Those are fair criticisms, and not just from the fan base but from the coaches, too. So when you caricature the fan base’s criticism, it reveals either a contempt for the fan base, many of whom are your readers, or a bias in favor of Towles.

  9. ClutchCargo
    11:12 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    “Until he throws for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game, against the New England Patriots, a portion of the UK football fan base will continue to cry out for the benching of Patrick Towles. That’s just how it is for him right now. He can’t do any good in some eyes.” – And what about the portion of the fanbase that doesn’t give a crap about his stats and just want to see him make the routine plays and good decisions any SEC QB should be expected to make.

  10. John Too Short
    11:16 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    If Towels were any better than he is he’s not coming to UK in the first place, plain and simple. Be happy with what you got.

  11. BtownUKFan
    11:17 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    I thought Towles had a decent game. I don’t believe Barker is going to get in there and be able to make the decisions and execute the game plan any better. Most of the people complaining about Towles have never been in a situation where they have 60,000 people breathing down their neck, 11 guys doing all the can to see that they fail and they’ve got to make a split second decision and successfully execute their plan.
    The last 4 play calls were suspect and the unsuccessful home-run shots down field that killed several drives were what disturbed me. Much of that is the OC and the plays being called. Our successful touchdown drives were a combination of grinding it out and kids giving extra effort to move the chains.

  12. Football Chodes
    11:17 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    80 teams go to bowl games each year. It’s pathetic we get all excited about something that is the equivalent of a participation trophy. From comments earlier, yes, the receivers would have an easier time catching balls that are actually close to them, and not 3 feet away. Every catch that Bone has made this year, he’s had to dive or make a great play on it. Move goldie locks to the bench so our team has a future.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:23 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      If receivers had caught even 50% of the drops that were literally directly in the numbers or hands, we are 6-0.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      11:27 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Wow, you’re dumb, really really dumb.

    • whatwasthat
      12:50 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      You are football ignorant, you don’t always throw the ball directly at the receiver, you throw it were only you receiver can catch it. Kentucky football fans are so of the dumbest people on earth,

    • inside info2
      1:50 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Chodes is correct. Towels was better last night than normal, but still far from perfect and people saying he has a future in the NFL are laughable. He is terribly inaccurate. I guarantee you that our Yards After Catch have been worse with Towels than any QB in UK history. More catches by our receivers are them diving, jumping, or contorting their bodies in a Poltergeist manner to catch the ball than catching them in any semblance of “in stride”.

      Talk about the future all you want, but if the coaching staff hasn’t even given Baker a whiff of snaps behind center our future can’t be very bright. I know he is a bone-head with the off-field stuff, but he must not be showing them much in practice (I have heard from people that attend practice that he is not showing the staff much in practice).

      4:03 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Football Chodes is dumb

  13. trollin along
    11:20 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    If he was a frosh or soph I would argue he’s doing good, but as a 4th year junior, he sucks. Keep throwing those picks hair boy.

  14. chris
    11:24 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Kid has huge arm, there are NFL QBs that can’t throw the deep out like he can …

    If he can fix his locking in on players and pocket sense and know what’s near him maybe he can avoid costly sacks …

    • J-Dub421
      11:28 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      He did a much better job last night at avoiding sacks and throwing it away.

  15. 8 god
    11:26 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    You people have to realize that the SEC is tough. Auburn is not going to lay down the rest of the season. They will beat some teams. We have lost two games to two superior teams. Have some objectivity. A loss is a loss, even if we “should have won.”

    The SEC is tough. I go to Duke, and Duke has less football talent than UK. Duke is not physical. Duke is not athletic. Duke’s receivers are nowhere near Baker, Badet, Bone, Johnson, and Conrad. Duke’s QB does not have NFL potential. Duke’s defense lacks physicality up front and relies on its secondary. Duke absolutely fails the eye test.

    And Duke will probably win 10 games this year, will probably win the ACC coastal, and has a legitimate shot at making the playoff. I’m not kidding, we would only have to pick off FSU or Clemson in the ACC Championship. We are favored in the rest of our games. Our “tough” conference games are Boston College, Miami, and Georgia Tech. As UK fans, we would like our Cats in all three of those games.

    The SEC is tough. We are getting there.

  16. Danny Thomas
    11:28 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    The guy at CBS has to be smoking crack or possibly some LSD, he’s not even the best QB on the team, let alone having a chance to play in the NFL. I have a better chance of making an NFL roster. Good luck keeping this team and the recruiting class together with Patrick Blowles at the helm.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      11:30 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      WOW. I can’t believe people are this stupid… It’s amazing we get recruits at all with the public display of stupidity being exhibited from our fanbase.

    • Thomas is a UL troll RR. I think recruits know all fan sites have plenty of them.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:50 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Danny congrats on possibly the most ignorant post in the history of KSR. Please give us your background so we can determine how you know we aren’t playing our best QB. Your only chance of making an NFL roster would be as a practice ball.

      Patrick can play better but he has nailed guys in the chest and passes have been dropped. Sorry, I won’t blame him for those. I will encourage him to avoid the sacks and continue to use his feet when the pass-play breaks down.

      4:08 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      IMHO, Patrick needs to work on improving his timing on passes (some) and reading his options better. I find it hilarious that people think Drew is better because of ?

  17. RUPPS_rhetoric
    11:28 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    I can not believe we have so many F****** idiots in our fanbase. Do us all a favor and go suck on eggs. GO CATS! GO PATRICK! BEAT MISSISSIPPI STATE!

    • Tommycatsfan
      11:52 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Beat Miss. State? What are u smoking. We will get beat by UT, Georgia and Miss State. Guaranteed. Will Lise to UL and might beat Vandy. We then lose a lot of guys on both lines, defense, etc…. So next year we will be young (which somehow we always are?) but getting better, blah blah blah. Keep on believing but it’s never changing. Never has. Never will. Last night, and against Florida, were total choke jobs. We just lost 2 out of last three at home against the weakest SEC competition of last 30 years. But I’m a bad fan for pointing this out. The only thing more amazing than how much UK football sucks is the never ending gullibility of the football fan base.

    • 8 god
      11:57 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Are you a fan though? I don’t think you are a fan. A fan supports his team. You are not a fan.

    • Dude
      12:00 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Let the trolls have their “fun” (remember UofL, Auburn smashed you in the first half, threw 3 INT’s, let you come back, and you still lost) and the bandwagoneers (not the 62,000 loud fans at the stadium) jump off and stay off. I like where this program is headed.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:09 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Tommy, Western KY has a good team this year, and they are winning a lot of game. Why don’t you go root for them, and leave the rest of us alone. Please.

    • Tommycatsfan
      12:29 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I have been a “fan” for longer than most of you have been alive. The only difference is I’ve seen coaches come and go and we are getting better, and are always “young” and are bigger, faster, stronger and blah blah. And I BELIEVE! But now I have realized it never really changes. It never does. Why is next game going to be better? Next year? It ain’t. Is it because we are getting beat by a field goal now instead of a touchdown. That makes you happy? In the weakest SEC maybe ever! And if pointing that out makes me not a fan, then I guess I’m not a fan. But the reality is, and all of you fools will get to this realization sooner or later (for me it was later) is that UK was, is and always will be the bottom feeder of SEC. Delude yourselves otherwise. I have for years and spent money on this shit! Be know this: Every fan of every team in SEC looks at their team’s schedule at the start of every season , just like we do, and they count Kentucky as a win. And they are almost always right. Beat Mississippi State. Yeah, right.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      12:38 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Tommy, suck on an Egg. That is all. Good day.

    • 8 god
      12:51 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Try a field goal instead of five touchdowns. To Auburn, not Vanderbilt.

  18. buzzard
    11:32 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Damn! I wish Towles could just play better defense…’trollin along’, go back to Loserville.

  19. troll
    11:33 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Towles will throw at least one pick to Miss. St and UK will lose soundly to them, Keep riding the interception machine, If you beat vandy and Looserville which I doubt you get a bowl game for participating this year. Congrats on settling on a team that can’t even beat a mediocre SEC team.

    • theWilkman
      11:37 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Your birds lost to the same team. Nice try

    • Booby Petrino
      11:49 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Vandy, Louisville, and Charlotte to go 7-5. better than your loser team, who sites at 2-3 and is gonna lose this weekend to FL St. We’ll get a participation trophy this year and your birds might not. suck it!

    • Troll
      1:09 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry bobby, my team is UK, been a season ticket holder for years, i just tell it like it is. You can count on Looserville as a win if you want, but i wouldn’t hold my breath, they barely lost to Auburn, hung in with Clemson. This poor season from a down SEC is fooling you into thinking UK is better than what they are, but trust me, UK goes 6-6 at best. They get a bowl for participating.

  20. I don’t have a problem with Towles being the guy, especially since there is blame to go around on the loss (coaches as well as players). However, that pick in the end zone was glaringly horrible when you see another receiver streaking across the end zone wide open. One of the things I have the least patience with from a QB is when he locks in on 1 receiver.

    That said, like JDub intimates above, I trust the coaching staff’s judgment regarding which QB is better. I just hope Patrick can cut down on the number of mistakes.

    • J-Dub421
      11:55 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I’m just tired of people assuming that Drew Barker is the second coming of Tom Brady or something. What are they basing that opinion off of? Towles makes mistakes, I’m not saying he doesn’t. I thought he did a much better job of not holding on to the ball too long and taking sacks last night, which has been one of his biggest criticisms (deserved). This pick last night was bad, but that was the only glaring mistake he made that I can remember.

    • 8 god
      11:59 am October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Not to join the Towles bashing, but locking in on Badet on that last deep ball was a mistake when he had Johnson wide ass open for a first down to the left.

    • The Professor
      1:14 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      J-dub he also threw a perfect pick 6 interception on the sidelines in the 2nd half that the defender dropped. Towles has a big arm but his decision making is suspect (see our last 2 plays and the interception). I think he is ultra-competitive which leads to trying to do things that are not there rather than taking the safer route. If the defense hits you from behind fine but how can any QB take a sack on your last gasp 4th down play when the defense is coming in front of you. He lowered his shoulder to prepare for the hit rather than heaving the ball down field. That was a major mental error!!

    • J-Dub421
      1:27 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I never said Towles was perfect. I just said that people need to stop assuming that Barker is better. I also would like for people to quit dumping on Towles. Yes, Towles made mistakes and has some things to improve on. So does everyone else on the team. For instance, when will Boom learn to block? He’s terrible at picking up blitzes in the back field and gets Towles blown up at least once per game. No one ever mentions this. All I’m saying is, there is enough blame to go around and all of it shouldn’t be heaped on Towles.

    • inside info2
      1:56 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Barker is not better. At least in practice. Yeah, we are a few close plays from being 6-0, but we are a few closer plays to being 2-4. Towels is not NFL material. I can’t believe people are still trying to say that this far into the season. He will not improve any by next year. So play Barker some to give him some much needed experience and who knows, maybe he is better in game situations than in practice. I was when I played.

      Barker is terrible in practice by the way. But I still think I would give him a couple of series if I were the staff.

    • theWilkman
      2:32 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      So throw our chances at 6-8 wins away just to see what a guy who can’t earn the job in practice can do? Makes a lot of sense.

  21. notatrollafanfor55years
    12:06 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Patrick Towles most consistent attribute is his inconsistency. He looks good for a while then makes a poor throw or a bad decision at the worst possible time. This pattern continues even though he is now a Junior with 4 years in the program. He’s not going to get any better than he is right now.
    Is Barker any better? I don’t know, I don’t see practices.
    But I think it’s a little unfair to disparage fans for being disappointed about losing a game that was very winnable, especially when it’s against an SEC team UK hasn’t beaten at home in what, 50 years?

  22. catfan4life
    12:20 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    J-Dub, were you watching the same game I was. Towles was rarely on target with his passes. Sure sometimes he has to make receives change or stretch to make a catch to avoid an interception, but last night he kept throwing far enough off to destroy the run after catch. How many downfield passes were on target? The last drive showed a pass to the outside so the receiver could get to the sideline to stop the clock, but he threw inside and the clock kept running.

    As to whether Barker is the best quarterback we won’t know, because he can’t see the field! What is wrong in finding out?

    • J-Dub421
      12:55 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Every receiver on every team has to stretch or make adjustments to catch passes. How many receivers dropped passes that hit them in the hands or numbers last night?

      And we do know that Barker isn’t the best quarterback. If he was, he’d be playing.

  23. UKFanBG
    12:22 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is fine. Offense is close, just need to work on consistency. Using Conrad similar to the way pros use tight end could go a long way toward giving Towles some easy throws in tight situations. I think he has made every catch thrown his way and he needs to see more passes.

  24. UKBlue!
    12:23 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    I go back to the 1976 peach bowl team. Patrick Towles looks very good at times. Lets keep in mind our offensive line has got to give protection. They are improved but there is something missing from the timing all season. Drop catches aren’t Patrick’s fault. Dorian Baker should have caught TD against Florida and he had a ball he should have got from the Auburn safety last night. I am a fan.

  25. BBN
    12:46 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Towles – 4th year junior six games in. Has trouble if can’t go to primary receiver as he has to think. Blame whoever you want, but it comes down to this – towles locked on to his primary receiver and threw an interception. If he doesn’t do that they kick a field go at least and wind up tied going to OT. They had a chance to make a statement but looked embarrassing:

    1. Eight guys on a punt return – really? Name the last time you saw that in a youth football game.
    2. Calling a run play with 50 seconds, no timeouts, with seven yards to go from mid field.
    3. Quarterback running the ball when he obviously has to pass to get the first down.

    Yes, I am a cats fan and have been a season ticket holder for 25 years, so I’m invested in the program both as a fan and financially. Are we better than the Phillips era? Most definitely, but the plays above, specifically 1 & 2 make me wonder about this coaching staff. But, we’ll see over the next two weeks. Miss St and Tennessee are two mid tier SEC teams – if we’ve improved we’ll win one of those games. If not, just another year lost.

    • J-Dub421
      12:57 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      If Dorian Baker doesn’t drop a pass that hit him in the the hands in the endzone we win. That was the third time this season that Baker has dropped a touchdown pass.

    • whatwasthat
      1:01 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Man did you even watch the game dude, the last play was not a run play. God almighty what ignorant fans we have. Swindle got beat so bad by the defensive end it wasn’t even funny, Patrick had to run or take a viscous hit, problem was they got him going to his left not great for a right handed quarterback. Yes he had people open on that play but by forcing him left he never could get squared up for a throw and give Auburn credit their defense made the play they had too, just like we did on defense against EKU when we had too.

    • BBN
      1:36 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Moron – did you read my comments about coaching? Only comment directed towards towles was the interception – before you start calling names try reading. Funny how you skipped to one line of my comments – I bet you’re one if the “intelligent” fans who screams loud while we’re on offense too. I know more about football in my left pinky than you do in your whole brain.

    • whatwasthat
      6:38 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      BBN, you are as ignorant as I thought, you know squat about football and probably know squat about much else. Just because KSR puts one clip on here to show you fans, hey look what Patrick missed, if he had thrown it here we get a touchdown lol. You can look at any play on film and say that, yes he threw to Baker and Johson would have been better, but morons like yourself only want to put the blame on Patrick, this was a team effort, and the defensive play in first half was horrible, which put the cats in late game to take chances. I feel bad for these kids, some better play calling would have helped, but I no sympathy for ignorant fans like you.

  26. Tony
    12:50 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Wonder if that Davis lady has ever gotten a call from Stoops seeing if she would issue a marriage license for Stoops and Towels…. WTF is the love affair about?

    • BBN
      1:38 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Me believes that Bunning is running the ship.

  27. Radmankd
    1:29 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    OK. Stoops inherited Towles. Barker is Stoops’ recruit. Yet, Towles is playing so only logical assumption is Barker is not getting it done in practice. Per Stoops, Towles is our QB. So locking in on receivers, no pocket presence, poor, inconsistent throws, and the occasional on the money ball is what we get for remainder of the season and next season as well. Plenty of frustration in our future.
    Yes, there were more drops last night. However, there were just as many, maybe more, where the receiver had to go to the turf to make a saving completion. How many more yards could have been gained if receiver is able to stay on his feet?
    Lastly, more effort has to be made to get CJ Conrad more touches. He is an absolute stud who is way under utilized. Last night he’s out of the game and we have walk-on #88 lined up as a receiver. Conrad is who should be lined up as a receiver. He was 2-2 last night, and single handedly drug 2-3 guys 5 yds for first down. Conrad has caught 5 of 6 balls thrown his way. Only one he didn’t hall in was when he was tripled teamed in the end zone in an earlier game.
    Just to be clear, last night’s loss was a team effort with screw ups from players and coaches a like.

  28. whatwasthat
    1:29 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Bunning conspiracy, lmao at that one. Barker may one day be the starting quarterback for the cats and their is no doubt in my mind that he is indeed in coach Stoops doghouse, a position he has earned with his actions since arriving at UK. BB guns or air soft guns on campus, not something you do in today’s sick world, then a drunken bar fight in Richmond and after said fight still doesn’t have the sense just to go home but goes to a EKU dorm where he gets knocked out, great judgement on his part. But he has not shown the judgement or maturity be be a SEC quarterback not at this stage at least, hope he has learned from his mistakes. But this same fan base crucified Harline for getting into the middle of a cat fight, not a good idea, but no where near Barkers decisions.

    • inside info2
      2:02 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t necessarily believe the Bunning thing, but I know for a fact that Joker was kept on for an extra year because one of the main, if not THE main boosters told Barnhart that if he was fired he would pull funding from all UK sports. He was fired the year after that statement was made to Barnhart.

      So boosters do have plenty of influence. Not saying Bunning does, but it is possible.

    • Wait, WHAT?!?!
      4:00 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      So, a MAIN booster wanted to keep Joker on, while he was SUCKING as bad as he did? What the F is the point of that? Makes total, logical sense.

    • inside info2
      6:43 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t know the reasoning, just know it happened.

  29. leon singleton
    1:30 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Towles needs to cut his hair and quit sliding feed first when he runs. Lower the shoulder and run over them, don’t play sissy ball.

  30. Danny Thomas
    3:14 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Barker may be a little worse at the beginning, but I’d rather he get it out of his system this year so we ca have a shot not to be terrible next year. Towles had his chance, didn’t do anything with it so move on. I don’t want to hear about how many yards he had last night. ZERO td’s, terrible interception is all that matters. He threw 56 times, he should have some yards. Oh well, can worry about football for a few weeks again next September, time for BBM and BBN.

    • 8 god
      3:23 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

      Okay idiot, the 0 TDs is largely due to running the ball in the red zone.

  31. UKFan
    3:24 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Can’t believe all the supposed “fans” out there calling for Towles to be benched. You guys are delusional! Barker isn’t gonna play unless he shows the coaching staff that he is capable of leading an SEC team in practice. You think Towles makes bad decisions on the field? Barker can’t seem to get his shit together off the field. How will he do when he has a full stadium and the game on the line. Dumb ass was firing BB guns on campus. Most people would have ended up in jail or shot for that shit. Then he gets in a fight at a bar while underage and proceeds to extend the confrontation by going to the dorms and gets his ass handed to him. Its funny how all of his teammates just sat there and watched. That right there means he has no respect from his teammates. You cant lead a team that doesn’t respect you. This Bunning conspiracy bullshit is funny. I bet you believe the world is hollow too!

  32. The analogist
    3:44 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, Towles played great, his ONLY bad play was the pick. Rest was the line and WR

  33. The analogist
    3:48 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, Towles played fine, except for the pick. Should’ve ran more though. and should’ve done some trick plays, screen passes, and option pitches. A freshman QB is NOT gonna play better than him

  34. The analogist
    3:49 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry, thought it messed up the first time

  35. Bottom Line
    5:01 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink

    In order for us to win, we have to score over 30 points per game. That is just to have a chance to win. Expecting any QB, to provide that every game is insane. Patrick can’t do that.
    Our Defense is the worst. Stop the other team consistently, we win.
    With our defense right now, we have zero chance to win. None. We may win one more, maybe two, but that is it. By the end of the next 3 games we will be 4-5. We need to get two out of Charlotte, Vandy, and Louisville, and that won’t happen with the defense we have shown the last two games.

  36. catsfan123
    5:36 pm October 16, 2015 Permalink