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Stoops still not ready to name a starting quarterback

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Darrell Bird |

Darrell Bird |

Mark Stoops and his thirteen of his best SEC coaching friends held a teleconference this morning to talk about how their teams did during spring practice. Stoops said that overall, he was pleased with his team’s progress, and despite minor injuries throughout the spring, they expect everyone to be back by the fall. Predictably, he was asked about the quarterback position, and said that he’s still not ready to name a starter:

“Patrick did some good things in the spring and played well. But I was also pleased with the other two. I am not quite ready to name a starter, but I feel good about the quarterback play.”

Later on, Stoops was asked specifically about Reese Phillips, whom he said was at times the most consistent of the three, and very much still in the hunt:

“Reese is a guy that the coaches and our players have a lot of confidence in and that’s a great compliment. He is guy we feel is always very steady. At times throughout the spring he was the guy most consistent and moved the team the best. He seems to do very good things and have a good command of the offense. Reese is very much in the hunt. I like the way he is playing.”

Let’s just not drag it out into the season, please.

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30 Comments for Stoops still not ready to name a starting quarterback

  1. UKfan
    1:41 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    As I have said from the beginning, Patrick will be the starting qb, Reece will be the backup, and Drew will redshirt. This isn’t the same situation that they faced last year when 2 completely different types of qb’s (i.e. 2 different type of offenses) were competing for the same job. One was prone to getting hurt; the other didn’t have the arm needed for a spread offense.

    • MRob
      1:49 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Exactly. Got to redshirt Barker as that would be huge for the future of the program.

    • Laker Cat 18
      1:50 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Before the Spring game, I couldn’t have disagreed with you more. After, you’re right on with it. I’m proud of Towles and the work he’s put in. I have been a Towles hater since he came here, thinking he may have been the one transferring. Not anymore. He’s much improved. Phillips is not far behind though. Barker is distant 3rd in my opinion. I know QB’s still in high school in this state better than him right now, let alone will demolish his stats when they’re in the same grade.

    • Do whut?
      3:57 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      So you switched from hating Towles to hating Barker? Really?! You know high school qb’s around the state better than Barker right now? Which ones? Where? Maybe you should just take some time off from hating altogether. Bizarre.

    • Laker Cat 18
      7:46 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Not hating on Barker. He’ll get there hopefully, like Towles has so far. Houliston (Highlands), Hartz (O Cath), Sendilar (Caldwell Co), Hall (Pulaski Co), Hayes (BG), Page (Collins), Ryan (Lex Cath) all have better all around stats. At least 4 of those have played better teams than Barker did. 3 of them actually won state championships. I’d probably put him in the top 4-5 out of all current high school QB’s. I would probably rank the top 5 out of those mentioned as Houliston, Sendilar, Hayes, Hall, Barker.

  2. Blue To The Bone...
    2:01 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    This is designed to keep all the candidates on their toes and working hard all summer to find out how well they each an lead the team…Nothing more or nothing less…MRob..the redshirting thing is not so much a factor anymore…If a freshman is a pro prospect(Couch.. Cobb, Winston, etc.) they are not staying four or five yrs . so coaches must be very selective deciding who to redshirt because you very well may lose a yr. of him playing for you..

    • Steve
      2:19 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      umm, Winston redshirted his first year at FSU. Couch was going to redshirt until Curry screwed that up late his freshman year, and Cobb didn’t have the talent around him to make redshirting an option.

    2:01 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Gotta be Towels. No way he dont start a kentucky boy.

    • Towelie
      2:15 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t forget to bring a towel!!!!

  4. 2400 Memorial Parkway
    2:07 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick, please leave these clowns!

  5. KG
    2:15 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    I’m sure that when the time comes, Coach Stoops and staff will name their Quarterback. Of course whom ever Coach decides on will be viewed as the wrong choice by many of the armchair coaches who provide this site with expert football knowledge as if the coaches are out of touch with reality.

    • Chris
      2:44 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      It will if they dont choose Towles!!! He was the only one who could make the out route throws!! So Towles is the only QB right now that can run Browns offense!! Im sick of the Reese Phillips hype i know he was 10 for 17 but he had 5 out route passes jumped and all could have been picked off including one that bounced to a receiver and was caught!! Im not hating but right now Towles is only one who can make the throws!! If Towles is not the choice i think some fans will be frustrated !

    • Thanks coach!
      4:01 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      If it’s true that he’s the only one capable of running Brown’s offense I wonder if someone on staff, like say maybe Brown, is aware of that fact? Or is it possible the coach needs a fan to point out something about out routes to him? Get over yourself.

  6. Air Raid
    2:16 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    That is because there isn’t a capable QB on the roster at this point.

    • Chris
      2:46 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Towles would start in a heart beat at U of L thats for sure!!

  7. UKfanNKY
    2:27 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    UKfan post # 1 so true!! 2400 Memorial Parkway dang being from the Ft. Thomas area you would think he would get some love and support…must be a UC fan!! OUCH!!

    Patrick has turn his game around 100% since his Freshman year got to be proud of him and all the work he has done.

    GO CATS!!!

    • Gene
      2:37 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I read it that 2400 is giving Patrick support and the coaches are clowns.

  8. Jeremy
    2:28 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Where can i buy the hat that Stoops is wearing?

  9. UKfanNKY
    2:29 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dang Air Raid you seem to know a lot tell me who would be the capable one you would choose on or off the roster!

  10. NKYBird
    2:30 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Proud to see a former Highlands Grad get a shot finally. BOUT time.
    Go cats baby!

  11. Stay the Course
    2:41 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Why make a decision. Go 2-10 again, give the coaching staff another $25,000 to $50,000 raise like you did two weeks ago. Towles is to good of a kid to be in this program!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chris
      2:48 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Stay calm!! I agree Towles is the guy but if they start someone else he should leave!!

    • Eric
      4:42 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Why do the irrational fans NEVER know how to use the correct form of to and too?

      They are going to start the best option. I don’t know how you could watch the spring game and say that one of them won the spot. Towles looked the sharpest, but he didn’t look to be head and shoulders above the other 2. Keep in mind that drew barker has been here for 3 months. He could improve by leaps and bounds over the summer after getting the spring under his belt. THAT’S why they haven’t named a starter. They will most likely give them a week or two into summer practice before rolling with one of them.

      Take that negativity somewhere else, turd.

  12. UKfansNKY
    2:58 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    GENE I hope not you guys do realize these Coaches are going into their SECOND year have you guys not seen the recruits they have gotten in just the short amount of time they have been there ARE YOU CLOWNS LIVING UNDER A ROCK…come on!

    Come on people support the KIDS & Coaches!!!

    GO CATS!!!

  13. DW
    3:26 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick Towles + Donny Walker = Starting QB

    • JayOne
      4:48 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I like that. Can’t wait to see him in real action. Gonna be good

    • DW
      9:54 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks JayOne! Cant’ wait either, the mechanics are much better and his reads seem to be evolving as well. Looking forward to watching him grow!

  14. Coach Stoopid
    6:30 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Does Johnny Utah or Shane Falco have any eligibility left?

  15. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:11 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with Coach Stoops. Let the 3 QB’s work all summer, and into fall camp, and see who stands out the most then.