Brown plans to ‘turn up the heat’ on QBs

Neal Brown can’t get through a day without the quarterback question.

Who it’s going to be, when he’s going to name him, etc.

So Kentucky’s offensive coordinator tackled the topic early in his short back and forth with the media before the Greater Louisville Alumni Association luncheon on Friday.

Brown met with Cats’ four prospective quarterbacks Drew Barker, Reese Phillips, Maxwell Smith and Patrick Towles on Friday morning before leaving for Louisville.

His message was get ready to be tested come the start of fall camp on Aug. 4.

“I’ve got a good feel for how they learn, what makes them learn, what makes them tick, what motivates them,” Brown said of the quarterbacks. “Now what we’re going to do is turn up the heat on them. I’m going to try to put a lot of pressure on them early, see which one of them reacts. We’re going to throw a lot at them and try to put them in tough situations.”

Brown reiterated again that he’d like to name a starter “sooner rather than later.”

He’s excited to see them throw the ball for the first time since the spring game, too.

“They’re eager; they’re excited,” Brown said. “I think they’re fresh, which is important at this time of the year. I know they’ve got a much better feel for the offense than they did even in the spring. I’m excited to see them.”

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
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