What we know about the UK QB plan

Kentucky has a firm plan in place for its quarterback this weekend against Vanderbilt.

But whether it’s Patrick Towles back in his regular starting spot or backup Drew Barker taking over the offense, well, keep guessing.

When asked when he’ll know who the starter will be against the Commodores, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson replied: “Yeah, I know. You want to know? We’re evaluating it through the week. We got a plan, put it that way, and we’ll stick to the plan.

“I think it’s the right one, I think it’s a good one. We’ve got one more practice this week and obviously we’ll evaluate that one, but we got a plan.”

That plan in some way involves Towles, who struggled against Georgia last week, completing just 8 of 21 passes (with two picks) for 96 yards, the fewest in his career as a starter.

“We’re excited, we’re ready,” Towles said when asked where he is mentally. “Another opportunity – that’s all I can ask for. Another chance to get out there and play with my guys.”

Is the junior positive he’ll be playing? “Yes,” Towles replied. “I’m sure that I will be out there playing. Yes.”

The quarterback rotations between Barker and Towles generally close to 50-50 each week during practice and that hasn’t changed.

“It’s just been a normal practice week so far,” Barker said. “Just going 50-50 like always. Still preparing the same way that I have been this whole time. Nothing really drastically different at all.”

But have the coaches even told the quarterbacks their plan for Saturday?

“That’s just kind of like an internal thing right now,” Barker said. “It’s just up to the coaches. Whatever they want to do I’m going to support it.”

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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