Practice may have ended in up downs, but Patrick Towles still had a smile on his face when he met with a crowd of media members after practice today. Much like Mark Stoops and Neal Brown, Patrick described winning the role as “relief,” but it came at a cost.
When the QB race was decided last year, he sat down with Brown who told him that he needed to improve in certain areas. This year the conversation started the same with Brown telling Towles, “Last year at this time I brought you down here and told you that you needed to get better. Unfortunately I’m going to have ask you the same thing.”
“All of the color went away in my face,” Towles said. “I was glad that I was sitting down.”
Since the announcement Towles has gotten the monkey off his back. He described the relief as though he’s a Senior on his High School football team again, calling all the shots while solely focusing on UT-Martin.
Brown always believed that Towles carried himself like a starter on the field, embracing the role as a vocal leader. Winning the starting QB battle is just one of many battles he plans on winning this year, “He has a realistic expectation; he’s the starter, now he has to go out there and play like one.”
– Just because he’s a big quarterback, doesn’t mean Patty Ice can’t use his legs. Brown said that Towles clocked in at 19.8 MPH yesterday on the GPS system. I’m not sure how you convert that into 40-yard dash speed, but you can say that he probably has better pick-me-up than my Honda Accord.
– With the first real hot day of summer camp, players are definitely feeling the wear and tear from camp. Many players, especially the young receivers, are going through less reps to save their bodies. Many are still non-contact or dealing with minor injuries: Bud Dupree, Josh Forrest, Javess Blue, Boom Williams, the list goes on and on. Luckily, Alex Mongomery is the only person Brown has serious concerns for next week.
– With a starting QB in place, Brown is using the final two weeks to improve on obvious passing situations. They’re much better in the pass game, but Brown wants them to execute “when the entire stadium knows it’s going to be a pass.” They’ll begin prepping for UT-Martin towards the end of the week, but Neal Brown finished his gameplan for next week months ago.