So, if you’re one of those armchair Quarterbacks or just a casual fan of football, someone just waiting for the basketball season to roll around then you may not quite understand what is going on with this football team. Let me tell you, progress is being made. What I witnessed last night is proof enough for me to see that, even though wins aren’t being racked up, this team is moving in a positive direction.
Now, I’m not going to spin this into a moral victory kind of thing because there is no such thing as a moral victory in the mighty SEC. Only wins and losses. But I will say that I am proud of how this team is playing and I can see where Coach Mark Stoops and staff are going with this program. Let me point out a few things for you.
The only negative that I can come up with is the definite glaring need for a true SEC quarterback. I refuse to take shots at any player on this team because on this site, that’s not what we do. We support this team in everything they do, good or bad, win or lose.
Maxwell Smith, obviously isn’t the same quarterback that he was last year and I believe that is due to the injury he sustained going back to last season. He is overthrowing his receiver’s or throwing it behind them. I don’t know what the future holds for Max but he may not start another game after this season. There is also the possibility that after this season he has surgery on his damaged shoulder and comes back next year to beat out everybody.
Jalen Whitlow is exactly what everyone says he is; a great athlete. As a quarterback, he poses a danger to other teams due to his mobility but right now, he lacks the accuracy that is needed in OC Neal Browns offense. If he could improve on that then he may be the future of this team going forward.
Kentucky also has Patrick Towles and Reese Philips who are both red-shirting this year. Both guys are practicing everyday, sitting back, watching and learning. Could one of them possibly come in next season and steal the starting position from the veterans? Remember, Patrick was a well sought after 4 star recruit that was the jewel of Kentucky’s 2011 class. Neal Brown was quoted as saying that Reese was going to be a really good SEC quarterback one day. Could he be good enough to start that journey next season?
Most people believe that the future at quarterback rests with a current high school senior, Drew Barker. Can a true freshman really come in and move all four current quarterback veterans out of the top spot to seal the deal, so to speak? He is enrolling early. January to be exact. He will be given the opportunity to go through spring practice and summer conditioning before fall practice starts but that is still asking a lot from a true freshman, especially in the SEC.
So, who moves up, who moves down. Who surprises, who doesn’t. Your guess is as good as mine but I believe in this team and this coaching staff and Neal Brown will find his quarterback of the future.