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By LARRY VAUGHT
A number of former Kentucky players who know far more football than me watched UK’s open practice Friday. Here is how one analyzed the quarterback competition and more in a concise, blunt way that I think you will enjoy:
“Here is what I saw:
“Whitlow. sharp with swagger. Acts like the job is his. MUCH improved passer and just carries himself with confidence
“Towles. great long passer. Looks much better physically. Has trouble getting the ball out of his hands on short passes more so than Whitlow or Phillips BUT he is much more ‘together’ than in the spring.
“Smith. I think he will be third or fourth string. Has trouble getting the ball out on short passes and misses long touch passes. Best on 12-15 yard crossing patterns and out patterns. I guess you would call him a classic intermediate dropback passer. Which does not get it anymore. I hope I am wrong but it looks like the injuries are taking their toll. Hope I am wrong. Great kid.
“Phillips. EASILY the most natural passer. NEVER throws a duck or a bad pass. Kid looks like he really has got it. Wonder what happens when Barker and him and Towles and Whitlow are all around.
“CONCLUSION: Whitlow is the man. Why? The air-raid style offenses have changed. Having a QB that is a run threat makes the defense one player short in coverage. Don’t believe me? Look up RG3 and Johnny Football for further evidence.
“TEAM as a whole. I loved the looks of the new receivers and the new linemen. Ramsey Meyer looks enormous and Jacob Hyde looks like one of those Crimson Tide guys. The drills were crisp. NO wasted time. NO jacking or jiving around. Players were LOCKED on to coaches when they were talking. NO SLOPPY FAT guys, either. Just a whole different style of coaches and coaching.”