It is no secret that the Kentucky Wildcats football team is getting better drastically. It is also no secret, however, that Mark Stoops still has a long way to go to get this team to compete. This can be seen and conceptualized by the quarterbacks that are currently on the roster. The quarterbacks situation is significantly better than last season, but none of them have much (if any) experience on the field. So, while the improvement is there, they have far from arriving. In ESPN’s position rankings in the SEC, they had something to say about Kentucky’s quarterbacks, which they ranked dead last in the conference for the upcoming season. Check out their analysis below.
14. Kentucky: Sophomore Patrick Towles was once the forgotten man at Kentucky. But after redshirting last season, he enters preseason practice as the Wildcats’ likely starter. Towles shortened his release and was one of the team’s most improved players this spring. No matter who wins the job, he won’t have much in the way of experience. Redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and true freshman Drew Barker are the other two in mix after Jalen Whitlow transferred.
Just as discussed before, ESPN sites improvement, but inexperience across the board. While this could lead to a breakout year for whomever wins the quarterbacks battle, it could also translate to struggles throughout the season. Growing pains will have to be expected, meaning fans expectations have to be tempered. It’s difficult, with the constant surprises that Mark Stoops has been pulling off since arriving in Lexington, but it’s necessary. Too much pressure to perform can be more harmful to a quarterback than anything, and it is this reason that the fans must be patient. Have faith in the system, have faith in the players, and watch it all come together in the next few seasons as the quarterbacks and the rest of the team rises to national prominence.