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By LARRY VAUGHT
At the end of his freshman season under coach Bill Curry, quarterback Tim Couch was frustrated that the offense did not suit his passing skills. Then UK fired Curry, hired Hal Mumme and Couch blossomed into the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
Could that same type of transformation be in store for Patrick Towles under new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown after Towles never seemed to click with offensive coordinator Randy Sanders last year when he was a freshman?
“It is a fresh start for everyone on the team,” Couch said. “I think it is a chance to prove yourself all over again. Whatever perception the old staff had of you and whether that be good or bad, you have to prove yourself to this staff coming in.
“For Patrick, he was a guy who was highly recruited and a lot was expected out of him coming into this program. Listening to Mark (Stoops) talk and who he is going to bring in as an offensive coordinator … he talked about throwing the ball a lot and getting guys spread out and putting the excitement back in Kentucky football. If I am Patrick, I am pretty excited about playing for Neal Brown.”