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UK announces quarterback Jalen Whitlow plans to transfer


Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (2) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against Alabama State. (Clay Jackson photo)

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (2) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against Alabama State. (Clay Jackson photo)

Note: The following is a statement passed out to the press following Wednesday’s football practice:

Lexington, Ky. – Quarterback Jalen Whitlow has decided to transfer from the university of Kentucky, Coach Mark Stoops confirmed Wednesday.

“We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him,” Stoops said. “I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team during his time at Kentucky. I want everyone to understand how hard he haas worked and the effort he has given since our staff has been here.”

Whitlow, a native of Montgomery, Ala., came to UK in 2012 and started seven games as a true freshman. He completed 54 percent of his passes for 801 yards and five touchdowns. he also rushed for 206 net yards and three TDs.

In 2013, Stoops’ first season as head coach, Whitlow started eight games. He completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,033 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 457 yards and six TDs.

“I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me,” Whitlow said. “I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck.”

Whitlow will finish the semester at UK before transferring. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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    that is a surprise but it sounded like Towles and Barker were moving ahead of him in spring practice. good luck to Jalen

  2. Anonymous

    I suspect he was asked to change positions.
    He’ll probably end up at Troy or Valdosta . . ala Dusty Baker.

    Could have ( red-shirted ) beefed him up to 235 and made him a heck of a pass catching tight end or slot.

  3. Jim

    I wonder if he will change his mind, after he thinks about it for awhile. I wish him luck, but the switch worked for Mr Cobb, maybe it would work for Mr Whitlow?

  4. Andy

    Tough loss but clearly QB was a position he was not going to win and the coaches were honest with him. I wish him well and hope he changes his mind. He has all the skills needed for WR/Wildcat. Worked out great for Cobb :)

  5. RJ

    I respect his decision but I think it will turn out to be a poor choice. These kind of choices are usually poor ones in the long run. How many QB’s do you see at the next level who were transfers after being beaten out in practice? I’m not saying it never happens, none come to mind. Best of luck to him. We could have used his ability…

  6. Edward

    Mr. Whitlow, do not make a rash decision regarding the position change. You are still an outstanding athlete and can make a tremendous contribution both to the team and for yourself by remaining at Kentucky. Try to work something out that benefits all, Kentucky is a good place to be. Best to ya!

  7. joslow

    Jalen was not and would not get beat out by any QB at UK. That move to move Jalen was purely political.

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