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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky had what offensive coordinator Neal Brown felt was “one of our best practices” on Monday after the offense had not pleased the coach the previous two practices.
“I thought we really competed on offense. We did a lot of situation work where we made some mistakes but (they were) good learning points. I thought our kids really bounced back from not playing well in the second half of that scrimmage on Saturday, competed, made lots of plays, caught the ball today, which we really have all spring with the exception of on Saturday,” said Brown.
However, he’s still not ready to name a starting quarterback.
“We’re working through that right now. We’ll keep that in house here for a little bit. A starter has not been named, but we’re getting in order,” head coach Mark Stoops said.
Stoops did confirm that the quarterback battle was a two-player competition. All indicators are that would be sophomores Maxwell Smith, the starter last year before he was injured, and Jalen Whitlow, who became the starter after Smith went down. Others who have been competing are sophomore Patrick Towles and freshman Reese Phillips.
“You know what they say about assuming,” Brown joked.
He would not name the two and said that was something for Stoops to announce.
“I’m not really going to discuss who those two are until he does, but we have to get our reps focused in,” Brown, who spent time talking to Whitlow and Smith before they left the practice field, said. “We gave two guys the majority of the reps today and we’ll continue with that. I think if one of them jumps up and takes it, then that will be our guys and if not, we’ll get used to playing two.”
Brown wouldn’t say if there was a definite plan for the third quarterback to be redshirted to save a year of eligibility.
“Yeah, I think that would be a good option,” Brown said.
Kentucky opens the season Aug. 31 in Nashville against Western Kentucky. Brown senses that all his players have an urgency about preparations now.
“I’ve been preaching that to them, wanting to put the pressure on them. Because again, we’ve got a lot to get done this week. Really the first week you’re in there, everybody’s excited. Then week two and week three of camp, that’s where your team is formed,” Brown said. “We’ve got to come out of these two weeks knowing who we are and what we can do and all that. I was pleased with the way we executed and the way we practiced today.”