By LARRY VAUGHT
HOOVER, Ala. — Mark Stoops would love to have a quarterback take control of the position and make it obvious he should be the starter.
“I would love to have somebody take the job,” said Stoops during the Southeastern Conference Media Days here Thursday. “But I am not going to force a decision. I just want somebody to take charge.”
He agreed that the players need to know that as much as the coaches do with UK set to start preseason drills next month.
“I think everybody wants to know,” Stoops said.
Patrick Towles had the best spring game, Reese Phillips was the one praised for consistent play all spring and Drew Barker showed the “talent, toughness and leadership” that Stoops thought he had when he was recruited.
“The job has not been won,” Stoops said. “There might be a pecking order, but the job has not been won.”
Stoops has continued to be impressed with the offseason work Towles has done with quarterback specialists to improve his skills.
“It was impressive how he used his redshirt year,” Stoops said. “It was all-in with his teammates. He went out and got better. He did a lot of good things.”