The uncertainty continues — Patrick Towles or Drew Barker?
Since Saturday, when Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced that he’d consider looking at the quarterback position differently, Big Blue Nation has been buzzing with curiosity. Stoops said Monday that quarterback reps would be handled a little bit differently in practice this week.
According to a transcript from the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said Tuesday that Towles and Barker have been splitting time 50-50, just like usual. So for now — at least for the public — there are no answers.
Nevertheless, Towles found a reason for confidence after practice Tuesday.
“Yes, I am sure that I will be out there playing — yes,” the Louisville Courier-Journal had the junior quarterback saying on video in regard to the Vanderbilt game Saturday.
Dawson said he knew when the decision between Towles, the junior, and Barker, the redshirt freshman, would be made. But he still stayed tight-lipped with the media Tuesday evening.
Towles has started all nine of Kentucky’s games, accumulating 2,010 passing yards and nine touchdowns. But he also has a glaring 12 interceptions. Barker made his collegiate debut two weeks ago against Mississippi State, but Stoops has lauded the redshirt freshman’s quick instincts.
Dawson made sure to point out that with Barker, it’s not really known how he’ll perform in games until he gets more actual experience. But when he was asked if perhaps Towles puts too much pressure on himself at times, he said yes.
In the meantime, the Wildcats will continue with practice this week in preparation of Vanderbilt. A win over the Commodores would put Kentucky just one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
As for Towles and his mentality through all of the chatter, he seemed even-keeled on Tuesday and even made room for some humor.
“It’s attached,” the Courier-Journal recorded him saying when asked where his head is right now. “It’s good. We’re excited. We’re ready. Another opportunity, that’s all I can ask for. A chance to get out there and play with my guys.”