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By LARRY VAUGHT
During his appearance at the Louisville Quarterback Club in July, Joker Phillips told me that he would not go into another season with a Wildcat quarterback — something he could count on when UK had Randall Cobb.
With Maxwell Smith slated to be the starting quarterback and Morgan Newton his backup, Phillips is also trying to decide whether Patrick Towles or Jalen Whitlow, both true freshmen, will be the No. 3 quarterback.
“We’re working both those guys a little bit. I don’t think it’s important to do it today. If something happens, we’ll have to get a feel for what direction to go in. Right now, it would be a toss-up who goes in the game first,” Phillips said Wednesday.
He says no matter whether Towles or Whitlow is No. 3, he will find a way to play him.
“Why would you waste a kid’s redshirt year if you’re not going to play him. Again, we’ll make that decision in a couple weeks. You don’t want to get too deep into the season. But we are not going to go through this thing with two quarterbacks. Not going to do that. We all saw how that went last year. You can get caught, then late in the season you don’t want to use a guy’s redshirt year. So we’ll make that decision after a couple of games, which of those guys we decide to play,” Phillips said.
But wouldn’t the easy decision be to make Whitlow the Wildcat quarterback — after all, he’s one of the better athletes on the team and can run and throw like a Wildcat QB must do — and redshirt Towles to give him that fifth year of eligibility?
So will Whitlow be the Wildcat QB?
“I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see that. I told you we’d have one; I don’t need to tell you who it’ll be,” Phillips told me when I asked him at the Wildcat QB. “When we’ve got some different personnel coming in and out of the game, I want some of it to be a guessing game – for everybody, not just you guys but everybody.”
What about more than one Wildcat guy? Perhaps redshirt freshman Bookie Cobbins could also fill the same role even though he’s been moved to receiver.
“We will have one (Wildcat),” Phillips said.
Just don’t ask him who.