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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Backup QB Talk……

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics


It might be a little bit morbid and pessimistic to talk about this but the fact of the matter is that Patrick Towles has probably a 50-50 shot of making it through this season without injury.  Last season, 8 of the 14 SEC teams had to start at least 2 QB’s because of injury at some point in the season.  Kentucky didn’t have that issue last year, with Towles only missing a couple drives against Tennessee due to injury.  This year I hope we have the same kind of luck.  But what if we don’t?  Where do you currently stand on who should be the backup QB?  Here are the options:

Career Stats: 2-9, 45 yards, 1 INT (3 games)

The Good: Phillips has been in the Mark Stoops program for 3 years now.  He has good quarterback size and reports are he impressed at practice in 2014.  He’s been waiting in the wings for a while, so he should be hungry if given a chance.  On the SEC Academic Honor Roll, so clearly a smart kid.

The Bad: Will he even be available in 2015?  Ruptured his achilles in March and his status is unknown for this season.  Even if he is cleared, will he be hampered by the injury.  Not highly ranked, so maybe the elite talent just isn’t there.  Somewhat of a forgotten man, so maybe his confidence is shaken.  In limited action, has not been impressive.

Career Stats: None

The Good: Highly touted quarterback, so must be some talent there.  Became a fan favorite after connecting early and efforts in recruiting.  High expectations sometimes motivate guys to high achievement.

The Bad: Really had a bad start to his UK career.  Lost out on job in 2014 Spring and was redshirted.  Has since gotten into air gun incident that saw a suspension, was a key instigator in UL pre-game fight, was involved in bar/dorm fight that saw him knocked out, teammates didn’t help Barker after punch, sent questionable tweet during Women’s World Cup about Pearl Harbor, have all these incidents damaged reputation amongst fans?  Will Towles only lose job because of injury after successful 2014?

Wheras in basketball an elite starting 5 can go a long way, in football the backups matter greatly.  You have to have depth, especially on the offensive and defensive lines, to compete at the highest levels in college football.  And it seems the QB position has become that way too.  Look at Ohio State.  They were able to fight through TWO season-ending quarterback injuries to the national title.  While Kentucky likely won’t be fighting for a national title this year, they will be fighting for a bowl.  But could they do that if they had to go to QB2?

And if there is a QB2, who do you want that to be to start the season?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

14 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Backup QB Talk……

  1. Duuuuuude
    9:20 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    I really had high hopes for Barker when he was recruited. I thought he was responsible in great part for the recruits Stoops landed that year. Since then, he has been such a disapointment. I don’t think he has won the respect of his fellow players based on what I have seen off the field. He just seems like a person who makes poor decisions and a QB can’t be that type of person.

  2. Ice Ice baby
    9:21 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Barker has too many problems for me. He is very talented but his head isn’t in the right place for me. Patty Ice showed signs of being great and lets not forget he was highly recruited coming out of highlands as well. He’s not just some scrub off the streets. We have more offensive weapons this year, a new OC, and Pat has some SEC experience. Let the kid ball.

  3. theWilkman
    9:43 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Barker has a lot of time left to get it together. I think back to my freshman, and even sophomore, year of college and how much I matured as I became an upperclassman. Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes multiple ones, and since his are mostly of the poor decision making/immature variety, there’s still hope he can become what we thought he would. Riding the pine for another season could go a long way to bringing that to fruition.

    • cracka
      10:25 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      yeah … he has a lot of time … he hasn’t used ANY of his eligibility yet … I just hope we continue to recruit a QB every year because you need competition, there will be injuries and attrition and there will be busts

  4. ClutchCargo
    10:25 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not giving up on Barker, but I have no confidence in his ability to lead a winning team just yet. We all did dumb stuff when we were teenagers, but most of us didn’t have a football staff member holding our hand every step of the way while still managing to do dumb stuff. Here’s to good health for Patty Ice this season!

    • Ummm
      11:05 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      He hasn’t HAD a chance to lead this team yet….

    • Umm, yeah he has
      12:36 pm July 8, 2015 Permalink

      He has had plenty of chances to lead. He has demonstrated poor decision making. Off the field decisions count, especially for QB.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:19 pm July 8, 2015 Permalink

      ^ yep

    • ClutchCargo
      5:08 pm July 8, 2015 Permalink

      He should transfer. If he’s not leading the SEC this year in stats, we don’t need him.

  5. JackAngus
    10:32 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Reese! (If healthy)
    Much better than college stats reflect. Very accurate arm… team player… smart. Provided the opportunity, he will not disappoint.

  6. Reese Phillips
    11:09 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks, Uncle Jack! I cant wait to see you at Thanksgiving. Tell Junie I said “hi.”

    Oh, Mom told me to tell you: call Grandma.

    K, bye!

  7. Johnny O
    11:30 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    I like the fact that Barker has an edge about him. Not going to get pushed around which is something needed in the SEC to succeed. If he runs his mouth his either confident or just cocky. Manziel was the same way

    • Please
      11:39 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      He did pushed around..actually knocked out. Barker doesn’t have an edge he just continues to do dumb sh*t. Don’t compare Barker to Manziel he isn’t a drug addict. Barker is not a leader yet may never be. He has to make the right choices and right now he’s not. I’m going with Patty Ice

  8. Alan J
    7:57 pm July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Y’all obviously don’t read very well or skip the end of the article……Bryan asked: Who would you like to see as the #2 QB to start the season….not the starter lol. I would want to see Barker as the #2 not Reese….Barker is the more talented QB and if he matures and starts making better off the field decisions he should have all the tools to take over once Patty Ice moves on.