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Stoops very frustrated with QB play after poor practice


Yesterday, Mark Stoops said that the staff was going to give one quarterback more reps than the other in practice in an attempt to end the two-quarterback nightmare the team’s been going through. During the SEC Teleconference this afternoon, Stoops was asked if the quarterback who got more reps performed well in practice. Apparently not:

“You know what? No, to be honest with you. I’m a little disappointed. We gave one of the guys more reps yesterday and he really didn’t have a great practice. So, to be honest with you, it’s very frustrating. So, we’ve got to make a decision, but like I said before, I’m not going to panic and just name one just because we’re all frustrated and we’re not getting consistent play out of the quarterbacks. We need to find the right one, and I’m not very happy. I don’t think we’ve been very consistent there.

It’s been odd. Last week, we had one of our quarterbacks look lights out, threw the ball as good as he has since we’ve been here and goes in the game and doesn’t play as well as he should. Now we planned on going with one guy yesterday, and he goes out and just has a very average to below average practice. Overall, just not very pleased.

So, to answer your question, I don’t know what the heck we’re going to do. We’re going to evaluate it again today and see where we’re at. I think maybe we’ll go 50/50 and make a decision here either tonight or tomorrow.


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39 Comments for Stoops very frustrated with QB play after poor practice

  1. But wait there's more
    2:36 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    This is just Great, the team hasn’t known the left hand from the right and now the coach don’t. This just in… FIGURE IT OUT STOOPS that’s what we pay you the BIG BUCKS for. Already after every game when asked a question his reply is….I don’t know I’ll have to look @ the film or we are working on that. Not looking much different than Joker Days.

  2. Iama WIldcat
    2:41 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    #1 your an idiot to solve Coach Stoops problem is in Patric Towels Arm…….Just Sayin

  3. rick
    2:45 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    #1 i agree, #2 if you think Towels is the answer then Stoops really must not know what he’s doing. Name a starting quarteback, hell let them fist fight for it if you can’t judge a quarterback.

  4. doug
    2:47 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Neither QB is very good. Simple as that. No magic can change that….

  5. Tim
    2:47 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Why is this news? Both QB’s are not SEC caliber and we all know it. Lets just make do till next year and just give Barker the ball and let him experience growing pains and work it out. At least he has a top end.

  6. Billy Ray
    2:48 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Staring to look like we hire the fat version of steve kragthorpe.

  7. Nonsense Above
    2:54 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    You all questioning Stoops are mindless. Don’t you think of Towles NOT “Towels” (sense your knowledge) would be playing if he was better, coach gave them all even chance and he fell short, again.

  8. J in Orlando
    2:55 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    There isnt a coach that could do any better than Stoops is doing with the players he has to work with at key positions. Period. The ceiling for this group was always 3-4 wins from the jump.

  9. RealCatsFan
    2:56 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Starting to think that a few of these armchair quarterbacks here at KSR should try out for the team – it would probably solve all of Coach Stoops’ problems for him.

  10. Kentucky Fan
    2:57 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Why aint are coach figger out a qarterback yet? Heard from the mailman that the Towels boy was the best un on the roster. Qarterback prolly the most simplist position on the team. Why wont are coach just throw it deep lack Jayrud did.

    Throw it deep coach. Win allem games.

  11. Blonde Bomber
    3:00 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    These guys need to wake up. Whitlow looks good running the ball against Miami of OH and Western and I’m sure he’ll look good running against Alabama ST but they play in the SEC, you know the conference that has DEnds that run as fast as running backs. He is not going to be able to run the ball agains the likes of FL, AL, and SC. We need a QB who can throw the ball consistantly and right now Smith is that man.

  12. Big Blue Coming At You
    3:02 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    First of all, #1 is an idiot. Secondly, Stoops is just frustrated with both QB’s because they both suck. Neither one is a leader or has the skills to QB a Div. I program. We’re going to royally suck on offense until Barker gets here and even then it might take a couple of years just for him to get going at this level. Although we should still see improvement when he and the rest of the class get here. Fans want us to be a 5 or 6 win team overnight and it’s just not going to happen with this current group. It’s obvious watching the difference in the level of talent from returning players to the players Stoops has already brought in. It’s just going to take some time to get some talent in here.

  13. Linda Taylor
    3:06 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for interjecting some common sense into this 7& 8. There is a reason neither of these QBs were highly recruited at the position. It will take time to build this program to a competitive level in the SEC and we need to be patient. I can’t help but wonder sometimes if some of the negative people in the comment section are UL fans in disguise.
    7 it bugs me too when these people can’t even spell Towles name correctly.

  14. C'mon
    3:11 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Steve Kragthorpe has Parkinson’s…so let’s not go there. I understand the head coach’s dilemma. One day they play good and the next day they suck. That is how good our QBs are. May be the QB coach can help but looks like we have to live with the mediocre offense this year.

  15. bung
    3:13 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    i like toewls also…but coach cant pick the qb and I cant get numbers beside the comments…

  16. cantspell
    3:17 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you guys on this site must sit around and look closely at each word. So you can spell better than some, who gives a shi###. If you can’t name a starting quarterback then you need to be a asst. for a good coach.

  17. Lighten Up
    3:20 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    How is this Stoops’s fault? For all of you blaming Stoops please tell me all the great games Max and Whitslow had against good teams before Stoops? Sure Max dazzled against awful teams but pretty much has been average vs good teams.

    If you can remember Towles was given some chances last year and he had one monster sereis, got hurt, and then played poorly.

    You can only polish a turd so many directions. Mumme’s sytem worked when he had Couch and Bonner and even J load. Joker’s system worked when he had Woodson but not really with Hartline.

    We got Barker to come to UK. That only sells me on Neal Brown for now. Max and Jalen are getting chances they are just not making good throws or good decisions. How can you coach someone to be a gamer? Either you have it or you don’t.

  18. terwilliger
    3:20 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s my thing — Towles can’t be any worse than Max and Jalen. He might not be any better, but he can’t be any worse. So why not throw the guy out there and see what happens?

  19. Bend-it-like-Twanny
    3:25 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Put the big lefty walk on in. Nice accurate Arm!

  20. DaveBiloxi
    3:27 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s an idea. If you have two bad QB’s, pick one. Let that one be the starter and the other one back him up. The starter can play the role and work toward getting better through reps. Playing musical QB’s hurts both player’s chances at developing.

  21. Seriously?
    3:27 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    “Towles can’t be any worse than Max and Jalen”

    If the stats continued as they are, the Max/Jalen final stats for the year are this:
    61% completions, 2865 passing yards, 15 TD, 6 INT, 432 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs

    In the last ten years, our QB has had that good of a stat line three times. It’s quite easy to be worse than that.

  22. Rockfield, KY
    3:31 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like we have one QB who looks great in practice and can’t tranlsate it to game success. I’d say it’s Whitlow. Running QB’s aren’t the answer in the SEC. Whitlow waits too long and Smith has lost all arm strength. Time to start working with a new QB and see someone can’t hang in there during a game. I’ll get blasted for saying it, but Phillips is the quickest release of any of our QB’s. Give him a rip. Otherwise, stick with Smith and hope the receivers start making some plays.

  23. Linda Taylor
    3:32 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    16 – If you don’t have an SEC-level starting QB you don’t have an SEC-level starting QB. It is as simple as that. No coach can wave a magic wand and make a player more talented than he is. He can only develop him to his utmost. Right now we don’t have a QB good enough to compete in the SEC. We have been very fortunate in the past to have had Tim Couch, Dusty Bonner, Andre Woodson, Jared Lorenzen, even Mike Hartline as our QBs. Right now we don’t have anyone comparable to any of them.

  24. cracka
    3:37 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    it’s not easy to find a great qb … i don’t know who is still on their roster, but look at usc qb recruiting: 2013 browne 5*, 2012 no recruit, 2011 kessler 4* and wittek 4*, 2010 scroggins 4*

    they obviously have a jump on us in qb recruiting … this season kessler is their guy (167 yds/game, 6td, 4int) … and wittek adds a total of 117 yds, 0td, 1int

    and wasn’t johnny manziel a 2*

  25. Cats
    3:40 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    I just don’t understand if Smith was SO impressive last week during practice then why did Whitlow start? I feel like Neal Brown is trying to out smart himself. I still have faith in Neal but just not understanding that decision along with when Whitlow was in early and was driving he took him out. These quarterbacks have got to be like, “what the hell”

  26. Julius Randle says
    3:43 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, I’ll do it but you have to clear it with Cal.

  27. niaps
    3:44 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Lets state some facts here fans. These are joker QBs and only Smith was a high school quarterback as Whitlow wasn’t, only part time as a running QB. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW HE EVER GOT IN THE ROTATION TO START WITH. Oh that would be joker thinking he would give him a chance and somehow that concept stayed. Cobb was not a good QB and Whitlow is no Cobb. He is a runner and that is all. Please coaches drop him now and never go there again. As for Towles he must be too slow on reads or something. Great arm , great HS QB, just not gonna make it in SEC without a lot of coaching. Gotta go with Smith good or bad and forget the 2 QB system. He gets hurt put in Towles and hope for the best.

  28. Joker
    4:10 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    It is so amazing to me how all of these Hill Jacks were talking of beating Western Ky. NOT…Louisville NOT…Florida NOT…Now all of a sudden we are telling each other how bad we have always been..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Only with BBN Blue Necks would this happen! Ya can’t have it both ways Hill Jacks…

  29. barn
    4:13 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    why don’t all the stoops critics wait until he gets some sec-caliber players in here before accusing him of being joker 2013. why is it so hard for so many critical fans to see that we just don’t have the horses to run in the sec race. it’s all about recruiting–just ask our basketball coach

  30. Joker
    4:14 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s see do I clean up the couch on the front porch and then clean up the fridge on the back porch or go to Tent City……Tent City it is, that’s way to much work….

  31. rick
    4:19 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is doing a good job with the players he has and the recruiting is great. No one is saying he is not or at least i’m not. Just name a starting quarterback, thats all i ask. PLEASE

  32. Blue To The Bone..
    4:21 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Niaps and All…Coach Stoops said on his show Mon. that they wished PT had been redshirted last yr. and they wouldn’t be in this dilemma…What did he mean by that?…It is too far into the season that, barring injury , that PT or RP is going to come off redshirt…I just wonder that if PT has been told he will be given a shot at winning the qb job next season?…With all that being said, I do think that the coaches should give one of the qbs all of thegame reps(unless it is a disaster) against CS and if he is successful then he starts next week and if not the other gets all the game reps against Bama…The one that turns in the best performance starts the rest of the season

  33. UKfanNKY
    4:57 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Give Fr. Reese Phillips a shot!

  34. Georgia Blue
    5:01 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    I say start one and stick with him to see how he manage the game, but run plays where you can get the ball to your playmakers. We just need a QB that can get the ball to ROBINSON, BLUE, BADET, TIMMONS, JOJO, SANDERS, MONTOGOMERY, AND ETC. in space. Get the ball to your playmakers. They can make up for your poor QB play. Then cut down on the penalty. We can nickel and dime a team with our short passes and when they cheat take shot downfield. Come on Coach

  35. BigBlue
    5:23 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Both QBs suck…that is obvioius.
    Stoops should just pick one and go with him so you idiots will shut up…it won’t make a difference because they both suck equially, but at least the morons here will be happy.

    Let Stoops have a chance to coach the QB he recruited and build his program.
    This is a survival year. Next year will be much better.

  36. Barbara
    5:31 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    If a QB isn’t playing, they can always transfer. Quit making degrading comments on every story day in and day out. Tired of the bashing of Whitlow and Smith. The coaching staff will also bring in a big time Juco QB next year.

  37. I know says
    5:45 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    To all that think every QB should get a chance, they did, and they continue to do so every practice.

    I believe what Coach Stoops is saying is the QB is like a loaf of fresh bread, his two starters are a little hard and near the end of their shelf life, and the 3rd string QBs are moldy, not good enough to be at dinner.

  38. C...A....T....S....CATS!
    5:51 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    This is NOT a knock on the UK Coaching Staff… but…

    If Coach Stoops and Coach Brown were so far off target in their selection of their “Opening Day Quarterback” (Whitlow), how to we know they are on-target in their estimation of UK’s TOP TWO Quarterbacks? I ask this will all seriousness.

    Could UK’s Football team have it’s best Quarterback of 2013 on the sidelines wearing a “red shirt” because of poor talent evaluation? Judging by the performance of Whitlow and Smith so far… I find it hard how Towles or Phillips could perform any worse or have sub-par skills in comparison.

    Just say’n…


  39. Yep
    6:29 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just improve as the year goes and start looking to next year. Neither one of these guys are the long term answer.

    Starting next year:
    -Whitlow needs to be at receiver.
    -Smith permanently on the bench.
    -Barker plays from day one. Let him take his lumps and build for year 3 of Stoops tenure. That will be the breakout year. Sign either Sindelar or Stidham to follow him.