Quarterback questions answered for now

One quarterback’s in.

One quarterback’s out.

Or at least that’s the way the quarterback carousel spin went on Wednesday.

Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips reported today that freshman quarterback Patrick Towles (high ankle sprain) has been able to practice this week, making it likely he will play at Missouri on Saturday in conjunction with fellow true freshman Jalen Whitlow and perhaps with some senior Morgan Newton sprinkled in.

Phillips reported that Towles “took a lot of reps” on Wednesday, but seemed to have better command of the football when he practiced on Tuesday.

“I thought he looked better yesterday as far as his control of the ball and command all those things, but again, it’s first reps he’s gotten — yesterday and today — in a long time,” the coach said. “So we’ll throw him out there and see how he looks.”

But Phillips added that the freshman’s ankle seems to be holding up well.

“He had an air cast on yesterday and he just didn’t feel comfortable with it,” Phillips said. “He still moved around fairly well. Today once he took it off; he decided to take it off himself — not himself, our trainers gave him the OK — I thought he actually moved around a lot better today even today than he did yesterday. The cast might have limited him a little bit in the mobility in his ankle.”

When asked if UK will attempt to use all three quarterbacks on Saturday, Phillips said yes.

“We’ll still have a little small package for him, try to get him involved also,” Phillips said of Newton. “I’ve never played three quarterbacks in a game before.”

On the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference Wednesday, Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel said he still doesn’t expect Tigers junior quarterback James Franklin, who sprained his MCL against Vanderbilt on Oct. 6, to play on Saturday. “He’s just jogging around a little bit. We don’t anticipate him playing.”

Pinkel did say that he expects Franklin to return for the Tigers’ game at Florida on Nov. 3.

Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser likely will get the starting nod again for the Tigers. The backup situation is interesting, though, because true freshman Maty Mauk has been slated to redshirt.


About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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2 Responses to Quarterback questions answered for now

  1. Pingback: Kentucky injury updates | Jen Smith on UK football

  2. Robert Pride says:

    UK will beat Mizzou if we contain their kick and punt returns and win the FG and punt field position…..especially the returns.