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The good, or bad and ugly

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You gotta have a good quarterback, see.

In the game of football, you either have a good quarterback or you do not, which is why teams are either good or they are not. Same with basketball. A bad PG can pretty much sink even the mightiest of ships, just ask my man Fleetwood Lavender. Aint that right, Fleet?

“That’s right, baby.”

This is especially true at Kentucky, a program of perennial defensive dearth and depth charts that are deep in name only.

But add a good quarterback to the mix and, voila, Music City Bowls on Music City Bowls, folks.

Kentucky could very well have a good QB on this here roster. Could have 2. Or even 3, I don’t know, I’m not in the trenches and film sessions with these guys.  Let’s hope there’s 1. Otherwise…this team will get Hilltoppled, drowned in Bridgewater, swept up in the Tide, Gamecocked, Gator chomped,  so on and so forth, week after week. We all know this is a season of survival. A bridge to the class of ‘14, and hopefully well beyond. But no one wants to see another 2-3 win momentum killing mudslide.

Max Smith. Jalen Whitlow. Patty Towles. 

Plagued by injury, inexperience and lame ducks in headsets the past two seasons, this three horse race is tough to handicap. There’s certainly been flashes of good from all three, to go with the sparks of bad.

Max Smith may not not illicit visions of Tim Couch, or even good Mike Hartline, but in the Air Raid, all he needs to be is Dusty Bonner-ish. Accurate, savvy, and a leader, traits he’s showcased over the past two seasons. He’s the only returning QB to notch an SEC win (Ole Miss, 2011), and looked like a legitimate SEC starter against bowl bound Kent State last year, then followed it up with 4 picks against Western and a second consecutive season ending injury.

Whitlow ran a broken offense on training wheels last year and while his mobility proved effective at times he never really had an opportunity to make plays downfield. His accuracy and decision making improved in spurts and if the spring game was any indication, has come even further.

Towles is the heralded prototype with a cannon, great size, and elusive speed. The avalanche of optimism from his 7-8 1TD statline against Miss State last year was quickly flushed down the Commonwealth urinal trough when he too went lame, then made a couple of really ragged late season cameos.

There’s even been some steam around campus from freshman Reese Phillips, another gun toting biggin, but it’s hard to imagine this staff handing things over to a rookie and a redshirt looks like the logical play.

While Whitlow shined in the spring game, I still think the gig is Smith’s to lose and barring any setbacks, I think he gets the nod, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Towles shakes off the rust, gets his head in the game and makes a push. Either way, we’ll see more than one of these guys getting meaningful reps this year, so let’s hope 2 outta 3 aint bad.

I think we know what we’re getting everywhere else. Defense has a couple of nice pieces but little depth, question marks all up in the trenches, and some running backs and receivers that have yet to breakout. We all know how this book reads.

Except of course, for the chapter on QB1, which will dictate the immediate returns on the new staff, their recruiting mojo, and whether we’re slugging bourbon to kill the pain or slugging bourbon in high-five fellowship.

 

Article written by John Dubya

The Twitter: @Johnawilk

12 Comments for The good, or bad and ugly



  1. Tom Crean's wife
    8:03 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Rex Grossman is a good QB since he was QB when the Bears went to their last superbowl and you don’t win without a good qb according to this article.



  2. Gruden
    8:17 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Bonner was much better than Hartline even when Hartline was playing at his best (which was better than the Round mound ever played) and he was better than Couch. Sanford and Yeast made Couch. Let the criticism begin.



  3. Abysmal
    8:30 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    This was unfunny drivel, capped off by the misuse of the word illicit in place of the proper word, elicit. You strained hard on the toilet of funny, but instead of a humorous and whimsical log of an article, you produced an embarrassing wet fart.



  4. Jjbalaan
    8:40 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Max smith is already better than hartline ever was. Period.



  5. BackdoorSlider.com
    8:47 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I like our chances with the quaterbacks we have since Neil Brown is running this offense. I really can’t wait till football season. I really think they will surprise people this year and win 5 or 6 games. If they could make a bowl game this year Mark Stoops should win coach of the year and I think it is possible.



  6. Eddieville Moe
    9:05 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think Towels will be our starting QB by March



  7. KING GEORGE
    9:17 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    George Zimmerman would be the best QB!!



  8. Tina Delgado is alive
    10:28 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Sturdy Dan is gonna like this John W fella, can’t say for sure, just got that feeling. You know what i mean?



  9. ZachMiles2
    8:23 am July 12, 2013 Permalink

    2— Here’s your criticism…Mike Hartline wasn’t good?? He had ZERO talent to throw to other than Cobb. His best receiver other than Cobb was Matthews (who had literally one good game and that was against SC), and Kyrus Lanxter (who he only got a couple full game out of). Not to mention he had a lackluster running game, once again, other than Cobb and the rarely healthy Derrick Locke.



  10. Scalf
    8:36 am July 12, 2013 Permalink

    You all really shouldn’t do fball anymore. This guy doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.



  11. theWilkman
    9:55 am July 12, 2013 Permalink

    3 – perfect



  12. Richard B
    11:01 am July 12, 2013 Permalink

    #8 No sure don’t know what you mean….