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Tim Couch knows Patrick Towles should be excited to play for Neal Brown

UK quarterback Patrick Towles leaves the field after Kentucky's loss at Tennessee Saturday. (Victoria Graff photo)

UK quarterback Patrick Towles leaves the field after Kentucky’s loss at Tennessee Saturday. (Victoria Graff photo)


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.”

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  1. TrueBlueJohn

    If I remember correctly, it didn’t take Mumme long to figure out who his starting QB was. Neal Brown’s quandry is that he has three quality QB’s to choose from.

    1. Larry Pup

      Yeah and Mumme had two too, but he ran Dusty Bonner off in favor of Lorensen. Bonner was a good QB and had won the job on the field fair and square. Bonner had backed up Tim Couch, and had UK winning in 1999. At Valdosta State Bonner won the Harlan Hill trophy two years in a row, and set records that as far as I know have not been broken at VSU. I always held that against Mumme.

      1. Larry Pup

        A side note, that next season without Bonner, UK was 2-9 and 0-8 in sec play as I recall.

        1. sambo

          yeah i think his schedule at valdosta state was a little easier than a SEC schedule. Lorenzen was way better than bonner. the Def just sucked.

    2. steve from Dayton

      I think Mumme announced it right away. Quarterback controversy over.

  2. tyson

    I never understood why Couch would agree to come to UK when Curry was running the option and had no intention of changing. More to that story…

  3. Wes

    I figure Brown is open minded enough to really have a wide open quarterback competition and have it decided upon by the time spring is over. I think in this offense it will come down to Smith and Towles.

    1. larryvaught

      Brown said today all three quarterbacks will split reps equally in spring practice and best man will play

  4. Mike Flannery

    From Neal Brown’s record of succss at all of his coaching stops…it is obvious he will decide who the best QB is, it may be a tough choice, but it is a great situation to have three and maybe four candidates to “throw” at the problem. Exciting days are ahead, I cannot wait until August 31st in Nashville!

    1. Larry Pup

      I hope the starting QB is the one who wins it on the field, during spring and fall camp, based on the offense coach Brown installs. May the best man win, and may the backups keep pushing for playing time. That makes it fair and competitive.

  5. Bill

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Reese Phillips doesn’t come out as the starter. That kid appears to be a deadly accurate passer.

  6. Bill W

    Wondering if Max Smith got a medical redshirt for this past season. Or if U K tried to get one for him.

    1. larryvaught

      That won’t come about until after his senior year when UK can apply for it then

  7. CatsCatsCats

    After seeing what Stoops had done already it’s shocking just how inept the staff was last year. This offense will call for a QB who can throw it down field and tuck it if he has to. The days of dink and dunk are over.

    1. steve from Dayton

      Don’t be too sure. I think this offense has a lot of short passes and screens. I agree it may be better mixed up with the big plays. I also think it will be more fun.

      Do you remember how well the Mumme players could make catches falling down and sliding onto their knees facing away from the quarterback with the ball coming in over their heads? This offensive coordinator played on those teams.

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