LEXINGTON - On Monday morning, University of Kentucky second-year head coach Mark Stoops announced on his Twitter account that sophomore Patrick Towles had won the starting quarterback over freshmen Drew Barker and Reese Phillips, and junior Maxwell Smith.
“Patrick’s done a very good job,” Stoops said. “I have a lot of confidence in Patrick. He’s worked extremely hard. I said it before that I was proud of his work ethic.”
A 6-foot-5, 23-pound native of Ft. Thomas, Towles is coming off a redshirt season in 2013, after seeing action in five games as a true freshman in 2012.
The former Gatorade Kentucky High School Player of the Year out of Highlands High School, Towles played as a true freshman in 2012 after injuries plagued the position. His first drive as a collegiate quarterback dazzled the fan base, going 5-for-5 for 71 yards against Mississippi State, capped by a 32-yard TD pass.
Later in the game versus the Bulldogs, Towles suffered an injury, hampering what could have been a promising freshman season. He finished 2012 completing 19 of 40 passes for 232 yards, including his TD strike versus MSU.
Kentucky will host UT Martin in a season-opener on Aug. 30. Kickoff for the UK-UT Martin game is set for Noon.