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Who gets the start: Jalen Whitlow or Maxwell Smith?


During his press conference this morning, Mark Stoops said that the staff has chosen a starting quarterback, but will only inform the players in order to keep Western guessing until the last minute. Stoops hinted that Whitlow knew the offense the best, and all talk out of camp seems to indicate he’ll be the starter, but for fun, let’s break down each player by their strengths and weaknesses.



2012 stats: Played in 10 games, starting seven … 87-161 (54) for 801 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions. Rushed for 206 yards and three TDs


— Strong arm, quick release

— Very good with the short throws the Air Raid relies on

— Capable of making plays with his feet, very dynamic with the ball

— Not afraid to go off-script and improvise if the situation calls for it

— Stoops says he operates the offense “very effectively”


— Not always accurate, can be erratic

— A dual threat/running QB traditionally doesn’t fit well in the Air Raid system



2012 stats: Started in all four games he played. 103-150 passes (68.7%) for 975 yards and eight touchdowns


— Very accurate, completed almost 70% of his passes last season

— UK’s most experienced QB right now

— Very intelligent

— Style traditionally a better fit for the Air Raid system


— Injury prone, will be careful not to land on shoulder

— Not as good at scrambling and creating a play with his legs

SURVEY SAYS: Start Jalen. Because of UK’s thin WR corps, Whitlow may be forced to make plays on his own, and has shown he is capable of doing that. In any other year with a healthy and talented batch of wide receivers, Maxwell could get the start and flourish in the Air Raid system, but because of Jalen’s playmaking ability, he will be the one to lead the team on the field Saturday. Kentucky has to come out of the gate firing, and Jalen gives them the best chance to be explosive.

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24 Comments for Who gets the start: Jalen Whitlow or Maxwell Smith?

  1. hersheyisabear
    4:08 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow will get the start.

  2. Put in Towels
    4:11 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Our only hope is Towels
    Are you listen Stoops?

  3. DH
    4:13 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Put in Towels) Right, in case they need to dry off in the middle of the game. But if they’re looking for a backup QB, Towles might be a good idea. I do like the idea of having some towels available, though.

  4. Musehobo
    4:15 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    2) Taking a wicked bath? His name is Towles.

  5. niaps
    4:15 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    It does not matter. Both will play and both will play well as I think the air raid will flourish. Look for Sanders to get over 100 yards on the ground and Robinson to return a kick for a score.

  6. LA
    4:17 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    just start the guy you want to be sitting the second half of the season.

  7. cdc_uky
    4:27 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Towles is actually the one…all of this other stuff has been smoke and mirrors.

  8. SevenT
    4:37 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    J-W is much more athletic and extremely competitive. It is not even close.

  9. UKfanNKY
    4:38 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    As much as i would like for Towles to suceed and be the starting QB I hate to say Whitlow should be the Man with Smith as back up. Hell the Freshman Phillips looked better than Towles in the Spring game. Regardless whatever it takes to WIN!!!! GO CATS!!!

  10. Stoop
    4:39 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    We is plannin to use thee of then to confused Petriner

  11. paintsville'sdairyqueen
    4:42 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Smith will start, Whitlow will have the next series or soon after. Whoever has the best game will be next week’s starter. I have feeling it will be a guessing game each week on who starts. Feel free to rip this apart because if they have to play musical QB’s it’s going to be a long year.

  12. Lol
    4:47 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    @2: Is that you Nate?

  13. RICK
    4:55 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    I like Smith and hope he gets the start. Better arm, drop back and pass quarterback, piss on a bunch of running with the quarterback.

  14. Bobbysueflay
    5:11 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Even if Arron Rodgers was our qb it wouldn’t matter if there’s no one to throw it to. Maybe whitlow can play wr some downs and switch them in and out

  15. Tej
    5:18 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    I am confident the coaches will start and play the guy who gives us the best chance to win. With Smith’s shoulder issues, the third qb has to be ready.

  16. CATinAL
    5:23 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know if there will be alcohol sales at LP Field Sat eve?

  17. MathMajor
    5:53 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    So the QB who’s played 4 games has more experience than the one who’s played in 10 games? Please explain.

  18. MathMajor
    5:57 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    And Maxwell Smith is more “intelligent”. This is the most racist player breakdown I have ever read.

  19. Chas
    6:08 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    First play: max under center. Jalen in the slot. Reverse pass or double pass. Big gain or score….off we go with a BANG! Let the fun begin!!

  20. Chris
    6:32 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    go with experience at the start and it has to be Max starting … JW is very good, ends up at another position next with with the QB we have coming in …

    if you want to shock the world, run it 40 times Sat nite


  21. joecrawfordsfoot
    7:17 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    17 Max played as a true freshman in a lot of games, most notably against south Carolina going 26-32 for over 170 yards in his first first game. People forget that he led the sec in passing before his injury last year, just saying don’t sleep on the young man. Very smart, very accurate and has as quick a release as whitlow

  22. Mr Phillips
    7:19 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Reese Phillips > Both

  23. nflJohn
    10:45 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares they both suck.

  24. Matt
    8:10 am August 28, 2013 Permalink

    Max Smith (given health) is the best qb they have at this juncture. Towles may be one day