It wasn’t that long ago that people were proclaiming Patrick Towles as the savior of Kentucky Football, with Tim Couch comparisons thrown around frequently. During Joker Phillips’ final season Towles showed signs of greatness before injuries knocked him out for the season. The limelight around Towles dimmed even further during his redshirt season, with fans assuming an imminent transfer.
Towles has proved the naysayers wrong, working during his redshirt season with an outside QB coach that quickened his release and took the hitch out of his
giddy up throwing motion. He’s been a favorite of Coach Stoops this Spring, earning the starting nod for the Spring Game. Like the other two quarterbacks, he had many ups and downs last Saturday, but what set him apart from the others was his final drive of the first half. With 53 seconds to play, he took the team 58 yards in 12 plays for a field goal as time expired.
His calm demeanor and quick decision-making has put Towles in the driver seat for starting quarterback. It appears that ol’ Patty Ice is finally meeting the hype. Back in January of 2012 in my first KSR post EVER, I spoke with Pat about the hype and excitement of coming to UK. It’s interesting to see how times have changed (and how much the site has changed).
UK fans were excited when they saw you committed to UK. Why UK? What was so intriguing compared to some of the big football programs out there?
“It was a culmination of things, you know it’s great to play in front of 100,000 every week in front of big name coaches, for big game programs, but you know it’s about more than that. It’s about the team, the players, the coaches, it’s about the managers, everyone in the program, and you know when the crap hits the fan, you know those guys will be there for you. I’ve built great relationships with Coach Sanders and Coach Phillips and I’m excited, because what playing football is about is the people around you.”
That being said, what are the fans going to get excited about when they watch you play?
“I don’t know one thing that I could really say, but I do pride myself how I can throw the ball down the field 70 yards or so, and I can pretty much put it where I want it. In high school, people aren’t used to running down the field 70 yards, so I’m excited to put my arm to the test.”
You’ve won Mr. Football and you’ll be joining the likes of Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen who have won Mr. Football and have gone on to great successes at UK. But there have also been guys like Curtis Pulley that never reached their potential in college. Does this put any more pressure on you to succeed, or is it just something that comes with it?
“It’s a little bit of both. There is always pressure on your quarterback in a big program, but I like doing that, competing for the starting job, getting a lot of hard work done; but there’s always pressure, as a quarterback it comes with the package. You get the spotlight, so you have to know how to deal with it.”
What is your personal goal that you hope to reach while your time at UK?
“Before the season ended, I wanted to beat Tennessee, but I guess continue that streak. I think we can do that, we definitely have a shot to beat Florida, and I ultimately want to have a good time; football’s fun. I know people will call me crazy but I want to compete for a national championship. The SEC has done it the last 5 years and will keep doing it, and I think we can put something together to make that shot. I think and believe we have the guys that can do it. I mean that’s why you go to a big program like this.”
You get the call to come in, who do you want to beat the most?
“I’d have to say Louisville, because we didn’t beat them last year. I never liked Louisville and Tennessee growing up, I was always a UK fan, and I know a Louisville cheerleader so that’d make it even better.”