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Kentucky QB Patrick Towles will work out with QB guru George Whitfield over spring break

Patrick Towles.

Patrick Towles.


George Whitfield Jr. is known as a “quarterback guru” and has worked with Andrew Luck and Cam Newton, both former No. 1 picks in the NFL draft. He’s been working with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, another potential No. 1 pick, recently.

Soon he’ll be spending a week with Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles, too, to help him work on his game before UK starts spring practice March 28. Towles is going to spend his upcoming spring break in California working with Whitfield and renew a relationship that started when Towles, then a quarterback at Highlands High School, met him at an Elite 11 camp in Los Angeles.

“Andrew Luck and Cam Newton swear by him. He is their guy and he’s working with a lot of guys now getting them ready for their Pro Day,” said Terry Towles, Patrick’s father. “He’s agreed to take Patrick on during spring break and Patrick is really excited. They had a good relationship before and Patrick knows it is time to get moving before spring football starts.”

Towles has already been working out some on his own with Donnie Walker, who has worked with current California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. Walker conducts clinics in the same offense that UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown played in and now uses with his own tweaks.

“Patrick just wants to go out with Whitfield and have an extra eye look at him and see if he notices anything or has any suggestions,” Terry Towles said. “It will be good for him to get in a real good workout before spring practice starts. He’s throwing about three days a week now, but there’s not a whole lot the (UK) coaches can do. People don’t realize how little time the coaches are actually allowed to spend with them. The strength coach can be there, but the offensive coaches are there for spring practice and then again Aug. 1.

“If you are not out there working and doing a little extra, it’s hard to improve, and Patrick wants to get better. That’s why he has been doing some extra work with Donnie Walker, too. He (Walker) understands the Kentucky offense and has a really good grasp of it and can just point out things to Patrick.”

Towles was the premier player in UK’s 2012 recruiting class under then coach Joker Phillips. He was Kentucky’s Mr. Football and led Highlands to three straight state titles with a 44-1 record. He threw for 3,820 yards and 42 touchdowns with just one interception as a senior and threw for 7,429 yards and 73 scores in his career while also rushing for 1,718 yards and 38 scores. He was ranked as one of the top-10 pro-style quarterbacks in the country by Rivals.com and 24/7 Sports.

He played in five games in 2012 and completed 19 of 40 passes for 233 yards and a score. His first appearance against Mississippi State he led UK to a 71-yard scoring drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass, but he hurt his ankle in the win and was limited the rest of the season. Last year he was redshirted.

Towles goes into spring practice battling for playing time with Jalen Whitlow, Maxwell Smith, Reese Phillips and Drew Barker.

“The offseason has gone pretty good. He’s done a lot of agility and strength stuff and has done well,” Terry Towles said. “He just wants to be as ready as possible.”

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  1. OldFan

    Hope things work out for him. Would like to see him play and be successful.

  2. Andy

    This should be interesting. A good 4 way Qb competition. Patrick tends to hold on to the ball too long. If he can fix that, there is no reason why he cannot be a starting QB. Def has the size.

  3. Larry Pup

    I don’t care who wins the job as long as they can throw the football and complete passes and run this offense. Another year of not knowing who the QB is from week to week will be tough to handle.

  4. RJ

    This is a case where coaching incompetence practically ruined what would otherwise be a top QB. Instead of using Towles’ redshirt year to develop his skill, those has-beens pulled his redshirt before he was ready and instead of offering development they offered criticism.

    He does have to make his reads much faster and his accuracy has to improve which may be a problem with technique.

    1. Andy

      Umm wasn’t the fan base clamoring for Patrick to get in during his freshman season after Smith went down? I believe a number of posters on here were asking for Patrick to start and they got their wish as Joker caved in. Even Patrick mentioned he wanted to get out there and start and felt he cold help the team. Joker would not have ideally burned his red shirt but he also gave in due to the fans being restless. Can’t have it both ways.

  5. Ira


    If I remember correctly Smith got hurt, then Whitlow, then they pulled Towles RS. Remember Newton wasn’t being used as a QB anymore which I thought was ignorant. It would have saved PT’s RS and Newton could have quarter backed again for another game or 2. I mean Joker rode that horse to disaster one more game didn’t matter. But it did to the next staff hasn’t it.

  6. Love SEC F-Ball

    I think that we will see a much improved Quarterback situation this fall. Hopefully one will rise to the top and it will be one of the passing QB’s. We had two good QB’s redshirt last year and signed one with huge potential.

    We have some good OL players that had a redshirt last year. Some reports say Ramsey Meyers has gained over 25 lbs. & Kyle Meadows 15 lbs. These types of players should help give our QB an extra second or so to get rid of the ball.

    Four new 2014 OL players coming in ( Richardson, Krock, LaRubbio & Stallings) average about 6′ 5″ and 300lbs. Can you imagine what a redshirt year will do to help these guys?

    On the defensive side Reggie Meant has gained about 20 lbs and Jacob Hyde “has changed his body – He is leaner, has more flexibility and is working hard”. Matt Elam may need a redshirt year to “Change his body”. We now have a planned redshirt program – Not a redshirt by default system.

    Good luck to all of our QB’s. I like all of them a & will trust Neal Brown to make this important decision.

    The sun is shining – Grab a football & I will meet you outside.
    I am too old to run therefore I get to play QB!

  7. Love SEC F-Ball

    Larry V. –
    If I remember correctly you had an article around Thanksgiving where Coach Stoops discussed his 2013 redshirts. I would enjoy an update if you get a chance.

  8. rebel4life

    Hell yes, PT. We didn’t give up on you. Go improve and lead this team in the fall. We need a big arm to lead the O. Towles has the strongest arm on the team. Having Towles as a Soph and Phillips as a rs Fresh and Barker redshirting would be the best case to build this program as long as Towles can step up and be the one to lead. If not, Phillips and Barker will be there. Go Cats!

  9. Blue Boy

    Just want to win at football. This kid doesn’t have it for QB position at this level. If he was a leader he would have came in and inserted himself to work for the position. Daddy can talk to press all he wants still not going to change anything. Stoops wants to win and QB has to be a leader not a whinner.

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