By LARRY VAUGHT
Patrick Towles said Tuesday that he didn’t know when to expect an announcement on who Kentucky’s starting quarterback would be.
“The only thing I can worry about is how I’m playing. I felt like I gave everything I had. I gave 110 percent of what I got. I found peace in that, and whatever the outcome was is what it was going to be,” said Towles.
He certainly didn’t expect the normally serious UK head coach Mark Stoops to mislead him — even if only briefly — on who the starter was on Monday.
“Last year, I guess around this time, the race was between me, Jalen (Whitlow) and Maxwell (Smith). He brought me in there and was like, ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job but there’s still some stuff you need to work on before you can really make a run at this thing,'” Towles said. “II said, ‘All right, got it.’ So this entire time I went out and fixed everything that he had said.
“So I get in there Monday morning — actually we all get up there, they separate all of us. I’m in coach Stoops’ office with coach (Neal) Brown. He sits me down, he’s like, ‘Hey, last year at this time I brought you over here and I told you you needed to get better.’ He said, ‘Unfortunately I’m going to have to ask you to do the same thing.’ Like all the color drops out of my face.
“It was bad. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Then he said ‘just kidding,’ and it was like an immediate relief. I’m glad I was sitting down. But it was good.”
Has Towles had something that mean — or funny — done to him before?
“I don’t know. I’m glad that he said ‘just kidding.’ We’ll say that,” Towles said.