Stoops names Towles starting QB via Twitter

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops took to Twitter to announce his starting quarterback on Monday morning.

And that quarterback is sophomore Patrick Towles.

“This competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks, and I’m confident in Patrick moving our team forward,” Stoops tweeted before the final open practice of fall camp.

Stoops called the competition among Towles, Reese Phillips, Drew Barker and Maxwell Smith “hard-fought.”

He also said the decision was made after thorough evaluation.

Stoops did not name a back-up quarterback on Twitter, but he is expected to discuss that matter after practice.

Towles, who played for Highlands High School in Fort Thomas and was the state’s 2011 Mr. Football from Highlands, was the starter for the Blue-White Spring Game, completing 11 of 15 pass attempts for 126 yards. He led UK on three scoring drives while swapping reps with Phillips and Barker.

On Media Day, Towles was asked what makes him the best guy for the job.

He didn’t flinch.

“I’m going to do everything I possibly can to win football games,” the 6-foot-5 238-pounder said. It’s all about winning football games. If we don’t win games, then nothing really matters. Last year, we had two wins and that was awful. There’s no getting around it.”

In limited action during his true freshman season, Towles threw for 233 yards and a touchdown.

While at Highlands, Towles led the Bluebirds to three straight state championships and a 38-1 record as the starter.

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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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