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Both Smith And Whitlow Expected To Play QB In Kentucky’s Opener

uk-qbsHead coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown have made up their minds on who should run Kentucky’s new Air Raid offense.  Only it’s not just one guy, it’s two.

Stoops told The Lexington Herald-Leader yesterday that both Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow are likely to see action against Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky squad in 10 days.  According to the first-year Wildcat coach, “We haven’t made a decision on the starter yet.  We have narrowed it to two, and I think both of those guys will play in the first game; I know both of those guys will play in the first game.”

For their careers, here’s how the two QBs stack up:


  Player   Comp.   Att.   Yds.   Comp. %   TD   INT
  Smith   187   303   1794   61.7   12   8
  Whitlow   87   161   801   54.0   3   2


If you’re looking to categorize the two players, Smith would be the passer and Whitlow would be the runner.

And former Kentucky Mr. Football and fan favorite Patrick Towles would be the guy on the bench behind the other two.  “He’s got as much talent as any quarterback we have on campus,” Stoops said.  “But it’s just a matter of letting him grow into the situation a little bit.

If Smith, Whitlow or a combination of the two can hold down the fort for the Cats this season, Stoops added that Towles would be open to taking a redshirt this year.  Towles’ father was very much against a redshirt for his son last year as a true freshman.  All three UK signal-callers are sophomores this season.




  1. […] – John Clay of The Lexington Herald Leader has pointed out to us on Twitter that while Kentucky did announce who would play in its opener, the quarterback who will start the game and take the very first snap of the season has not been […]

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