Question: Can all three of the potential starting quarterbacks — Reese Phillips, Patrick Towles, Drew Barker — make the throws necessary to move the chains and stretch the field? Who in your opinion of the three potential quarterbacks has the best overall understanding of your offense?
UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown: “I think they are all very similar. Towles and Reese have been in the meetings for a year longer. They have had a full spring and full fall being in the meetings and are a full year ahead of Drew, so they may be a little ahead as far as understanding. But Drew has done a good job of working and picking up things fast.”
Question: Which quarterback candidate is able to run the ball most effectively on any type of passing down?
Brown: “They are really about equal. None of them are what I would call running quarterbacks in the fact that you are not going to call a running play for them. But I think all three of them are athletic enough to be a factor when plays break down.”