Kentucky names starting quarterback

Patrick Towles (AP/Garry Jones)

 

After a battle between junior Patrick Towles and redshirt freshman Drew Barker, Kentucky has decided on its starting quarterback for this season.

From the Kentucky Football Twitter account:

Kentucky’s decision to go with Towles is really no surprise. Last season, the junior became the first Kentucky quarterback since Andre Woodson in 2007 to start every game for the Wildcats.

Towles threw for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns, but Kentucky sputtered down the stretch losing six in a row.

Kentucky has gone four straight seasons without a bowl appearance but head coach Mark Stoops hired Shannon Dawson in the offseason to be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Dawson spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator at West Virginia. The Mountaineers became known for racking up yards in bunches under Dawson. Clint Trickett threw for over 3,000 yards last season under Dawson.

Dawson wanted more control over the play-calling than he had at West Virginia. Now he has that chance, and a quarterback who showed his ability to perform well specifically early last season.

Now the only question is if Towles has improved enough in the offseason to finally end the bowl drought in Lexington.


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