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Stoops talks about the 2-QB system, Teddy Bridgewater on latest SEC teleconference

UK vs. Miami, OH

During his turn on the SEC Teleconference this morning, Mark Stoops talked about playing Louisville Teddy Bridgewater, how the 2-QB system is working out, and using Jalen Whitlow in certain situations. Here are a few of his remarks:

On the QB rotation against Miami:

We had it in the game plan when we scripted the beginning part of the game. We had it scripted in there where Jalen (Whitlow) would go in. It went according to script there. We had Max (Smith) start the game, you know with our tempo offense, get moving the ball a little bit then we inserted Jalen and had some quarterback runs in there along with some play-actions and different things. It worked very well in that game, and we’ll continue to do that, continue to work with that. We think each player brings a different skill set to the game. They both do some good things. They’re both still learning, they make some mistakes. So, that’s just the situation we’re in right now. I’ve said this before: if one guy would just take the job and run with it and win the starting position clear then he’d be the guy. It’s just we feel like right now with both guys it gives us an opportunity to win and it’s an advantage to play both of them right now.

On defending Teddy Bridgewater:

He’s just an exceptional player. You see each and every time he takes the field, he’s just more and more comfortable. He’s a guy who has great athleticism, but that’s just to buy time, that’s just to set up in the pocket quickly. He’s very good on the boots and waggles. He’s obviously very athletic, but then he’s just got a tremendous arm. He can get the ball to all the spots on the field, make all the throws. The biggest thing that jumps out at me, a couple things: Obviously, he’s got great vision. He’s got great vision; he sees everything on the field and he seems to always get the ball to the open spot. He sees what you’re doing very quickly and obviously that comes from the experience that he has. He’s played an awful lot of football games. And then, he’s just very poised. He’s moving very quickly and all that, but it he just seems to be, seems like the game’s in slow motion for him. He’s very, very patient, very poised. He’s a very good quarterback and deserving of all the accolades he’s getting.

Now, here’s a question for you guys: how long do you see UK using the QB system this season? Is it just a matter of time before Maxwell or Jalen pulls ahead?

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25 Comments for Stoops talks about the 2-QB system, Teddy Bridgewater on latest SEC teleconference



  1. At least two all year
    2:10 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    First off, from what I’ve seen so far, I will be surprised if either can claim the position all to himself. Further, based on past experience, I fear one or both will be injured for several games before all is said and done. I expect to see Towles and the 4th guy before the year is over. I hope I’m wrong on that but I see injuries coming over the next four games.



  2. jcatron
    2:17 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    They both play until one of them gets banged up and then the healthy one will be the guy the rest of the year.



  3. catscatscats
    2:23 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    It’s only a matter of time before Whitlow pulls ahead. The offense is much more dangerous with the potential play action passing that Whitlow brings. He is accurate from close to mid range, and throws lasers. He will get better at long range. Would like to see Neal Brown take a look at using some Read Option offense mixed with the air raid to really throw off some defenses.



  4. Sterve
    2:26 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    what 3. said. I think the 2 QB is extremely ineffective when you look at the options with Whitlow. You KNOW, as a defense, that Maxwell won’t scramble, and whenever you sub in Whitlow, you know that’s a much higher possibility and the D will be expecting it. I’d go with Whitlow



  5. AfghanCat
    2:27 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see Brown use Whitlow like we used Cobb. Whitlow is a great athlete and is dangerous with the ball in his hand. Him getting the ball in space would be great. I think Max gives us the best chance to run the Air Raid offense with his accuracy. It wouldn’t hurt to have Whitlow on the field at the same time.



  6. BravoBigBlue
    2:40 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Did you commenters actually WATCH the first 2 games. Smith was poised in both games and our offense was much more effective with him at QB and it wasn’t even close. Go with the 2-QB system as long as it is effective and neither is injured. If Whitlow becomes the full-time QB, the season is over, He is NOT a passing QB and teams will play him to run. Man, some Kentucky fans!



  7. catlogic15
    2:43 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    We will continue to employ the 2 QB system until Drew Barker is halfway through camp next August.



  8. YOOOOOO
    2:49 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Air raid offense with Whitlow = Ground raid. He hasn’t developed his passing skills yet. I hate the 2 QB system but I see why Stoops is doing it. Whitlow is a great athlete who’s still developing as a QB. Need them both right now to be able to do everything that Neil Brown wants to in an offense. Just hope they
    both don’t end up hurt in the process….



  9. catscatscats
    2:50 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I watched both games, and Whitlow gives us the best chance to win. With Smith you can load up in coverage and he isn’t good enough yet to pick them apart. Whitlow keeps defenses honest with his legs. It’s simple, why use a one-edged blade when you have a two edged sword in your arsenal. One is much more dangerous and lethal. Doesn’t make sense to give Smith the nod until he proves that he can beat teams that load up in coverage. Whitlow can throw, he’s got better speed behind the ball than Smith. Only thing Smith has up on Whitlow is accuracy at long range, and there were ALOT of missed throws against Miami. Those overthrows against Miami will be interceptions vs. Louisville and the SEC. Whitlow has the higher ceiling of potential, you have to give him more experience so he is more confident with his arm.



  10. catfan
    2:51 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    This offense is called the air raid, not the ground raid. Smith is so much better for this system because of his arm. I think we should throw a wildcat package in on occasion to keep the d honest, but we need to use whitlow more like randall cobb. He needs to be on the field every offensive play, just not under center.



  11. Squire
    2:54 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    BravoBigBlue, I agree that Smith was more poised and showed crucial leadership in the first game against WKU and he obviously came to play against Miami, but to act like Whitlow can’t make his throws is an inaccuracy. Whitlow has a strong arm and can run the Air Raid if the play calls are there. If the coaches use him as Wildcat QB then of course he wont be an effective passer because he will be running. And I hope teams DO play him to run because it’ll be easier to make the short passes in space that the Air Raid depends on. “Man, some Kentucky fans” haha.



  12. catscatscats
    2:54 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Who is better in open space? Timmons or Whitlow? To me Timmons is much faster and tricky than Whitlow so you put both on the field rather than just one. Still with Whitlow at quarterback, sorry I will defend him until he proves me wrong.



  13. catscatscats
    2:59 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow’s QBR vs Miami was 95.2, Smith’s was 93.9. Against Western, Whitlow’s QBR was 72.7 and Smith’s was 44.0. Just saying



  14. UKfanNKY
    2:59 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Alot of Coaches on here!!! GO CATS!!!



  15. Juggerbot 15 says. "Is Wyoming real?"
    3:02 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    First off, for those saying Whitlow is the better QB, then why didn’t UK beat WKU? Second, why should any QB have difficulty making passes, it is what they are suppose to do right? Also, a good defense would set up against Whitlow to run first, seeing how he has very little patience in the pocket and very quick to run feet.
    Now, I do agree both are needed at this point but Whitlow should not run the bulk of the plays until he possesses the ability to pass first, and run second. I do agree with the comment that Whitlow is much like Randall Cobb in his athletic ability and should be utilized as such. Why not send him out as the outside receiver a few plays and have him go deep? Or utilize him in a few run plays in order to set up the run fake pass situation?
    I would also like to know why the tight ends are not used more in the passing scheme? Seems like that would eliminate the ability for defenses to set up zone schemes against Smith and open up the passing lanes for some of the recievers and backs.
    Just questions I have, not intended to belittle anyone’s response or opinion, but just things I would like to know.



  16. goUKats
    3:15 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    If i’m a UK receiver,tight end,or back,i’m praying that Smith is the man.Why? Because he can throw the ball down field,he’s not going to hand it off,and he’s looking for all receivers.



  17. Old Cat
    3:34 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Mostly good comments here and now we know why the coaches had trouble naming a QB in fall camp. Let’s face it, I am sure that we have not shown nearly all of our sets, after all no doubt we are saving some new wrinkles for the next few weeks and I hope that we do not have to use all of them this Saturday.



  18. RealUKFan
    3:36 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    I am afraid it really makes no difference which QB we go with. There are only a couple of games left on the schedule where we can even be competitive so in the end it doesn’t matter much.



  19. Stoops!
    3:48 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Get off Bridgewater’s nuts.



  20. Georgia Blue
    4:03 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    A lot of people on here is just like MUSCHAMP when it came to recruiting TEDDY BRIDGEWATERS out of MIAMI. He just had led his HS football team to THE NATIONAL 7 ON 7 CHAMPIONSHIP in EUGENE OREGON,but wasnt good enough to play QB for FLORIDA. I KNOW Muschamp wish that he could turn back the hands of time and do it all over again. You see MUSCHAMP recuited TEDDY to play SAFETY. Then look at GEORGIA with CAM NEWTON, they recruited him as a TIGHT END and look what he has accomplish as QB. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE NO. 1 PICK in THE NFL. Then you have RUSSELL WILSON to short to play QB in the NFL but led Seattle to the playoff and took the job from a veteran whom SEATTLE invested a lot of money in to get but 6 round Draft pick took his job. So don’t think that JALEN is just another running QB as a lot of people like to say. When in the last 2 game is 18 out 25 for 189 yds. If Jalen cant throw , why hasnt the other 3 haven’t just taking over the job. I see Jalen and Max doing some great things and i am not going to be negative and say that they will get hurt within the next 4 games. Hell you might get hurt hourself



  21. Facts
    4:22 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    “Catscatscats” stop cherry picking stats. Everyone uses passer ratings a a measure for quarterbacks. Plus being an air raid offense we need a more efficient passer a la passer rating. Smith passer rating was 167.7 for WKU and 221.5 for Miami. Whitlow passer rating was 110.3 for WKU and 155.4 for Miami. QBR is a made up formula by espn thus they are the only ones that use it. QBR weighs heavy on a quarterbacks ability to run and hurts a quarterback for getting sacked like in whitlow vs Smith. And explains why Tim Tebow once had a higher QBR than Aaron Rogers. Passer ratings is what is used best.



  22. Truth
    4:27 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    So passer ratings prove Smith more efficient passer, QBR proves Whitlow good runner, so it proves what the coaches say that they compliment each other. Thus we should keep using the 2 QB system since it will work with these 2



  23. Go With One
    4:55 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    As said by many of the great coaches, if you have 2 QB’s playing significant minutes, you have no QB. You are trying to mask your weakness.



  24. mississippicat
    7:03 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    “go with one” – Not sure who coined that phrase, but it has become a moronic cliché. You have to do what is necessary to have a chance to win. I trust Stoops.



  25. ebell55
    6:29 am September 12, 2013 Permalink

    We need to embrace the two QB system if both guys were traditional drop back ANd I would say lets go with one guy. However Jalen’s running ability keeps the defense honest and I think splitting time with Max allows Jalen to get his nerves a chance to calm down.