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By LARRY VAUGHT
Since it’s only about two months before Kentucky opens the football season with a must-win game at Louisville if the Wildcats hope to salvage a respectable 2012 season, there is still not a consensus on who will be UK’s starting quarterback.
It could be senior Morgan Newton, an effective replacement starter for an injured Mike Hartline in 2009, a backup to Hartline in 2010 and a starter in 2011 before he was ineffective and injured.
It could be sophomore Maxwell Smith, who showed flashes of brilliance after taking over from Newton last season but was also injured and ineffective at times.
Or it could be true freshman Patrick Towles of Highlands, Kentucky’s Mr. Football last season and perhaps the best in-state quarterback product in 20 years.
But who should it be? Or who will it be?
That’s why I decided to ask former UK quarterback Dusty Bonner to make a case for why each player should be the starter. I didn’t ask him to pick a starter or explain who he thought was the best player, but merely to make an unbiased case for why each player could be the starter.
He was a Kentucky prep sensation and led Highlands to three straight state championships. He threw for 3,820 yards and 44 touchdowns with just one interception his senior year and also ran for 589 yards and 15 scores. During his career, he threw for 7,429 yards and 73 touchdowns and ran for 1,718 yards and 38 scores.
“Truthfully, Towles comes in very highly touted and a kid like that will always get fan support. He is a freshman with a big name,” Bonner said. “He can play foot loose and fancy free. Everything he does will be icing on the cake. He’s so young. He’s got all the tools and size anyone could need.
“I never watched him play a full game. Personally, I think the best thing that could happen to any quarterback is to be redshirted. I don’t like taking a kid and throwing him in the first his freshman year. A lot of playing quarterback is confidence. You go out as a freshman and play on talent alone and people will get excited about everything he does.
“It might be just me, but for a quarterback’s career, I think it is best to be redshirted as a freshman. I know Towles is a big body and probably better prepared than most to play in college, but give him a year to let his body mature and get his mind up to speed because it is different in college. Don’t set him up to where there is a possibility of failure and run the risk of messing him up for his career. It’s not worth it.”
Next: What factors Bonner thinks should be used to pick the starting quarterback.