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Finally got an exhaustive photo gallery completed (on CatsPause.com home page).
Now the QBs (one of my stories from today)
-- Morgan Newton is healthy and cleared that mental hurdle of making a hard throw post surgery. Says rehab "never over" if you count the maintenance exercises. Spent time at Eli and Peyton Manning Camp and came away, he says, "knowing I can play with any of these guys."
-- Maxwell Smith says playing and succeeding in the SEC is huge. Sophomore said it's a big advantage to have proven to yourself you can play at that level.
-- Rookie Patrick Towles taking the hype in stride. Said he wasn't overwhelmed by the UK playbook. "Football is football. You just call it different things." Very confident.
-- Rookie Jalen Whitlow is the forgotten man in this QB competition. Impressive specimen who was forced to play behind Alabama 6-A player of the year. "I've been competing every day since my sophomore year," Whitlow said. He said that will help in his new competition,
What Randy Sanders told me last week rings true after seeing these guys today. You might redshirt one of the rookies, but these guys are athletes and UK can't afford to have them holding a clipboard. Going to be a fascinating QB race.
Towles just has that look, he has big-time quarterback written all over him.
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
I think the best results for Kentucky would be for Smith to continue to improve and allow Towles to redshirt. I would like to see some more continuity at the quarterback position and see a player develop rather than throw a new quarterback out there every year which seems like it has happened since Andre Woodson was quarterback.
No doubt Towles seems to have that "it" factor you want in a QB. Just seems to be comfortable and exude confidence for a freshman. I like it.
Don't forget about Whitlow guys. The man can play the game.
I'm kind of hoping that they rs Towles and start Smith, and allow whitlow to run the Wildcat, but open up the Wildcat a bit more than before. If they'd allowed Cobb to throw the ball even a little bit more, our Wildcat package would have been even more unstoppable. Since Whitlow has the height, and a legit arm, you would think they might let him sling it around a little bit more. With a passing game, a Wildcat game that can pass or run, and a power running game, we could really throw opposing defenses off.
As does Smith. Natural born leader and the team has rallied behind him. We've got a good situation and appear to be looking pretty good at QB.
If anything, 1 frosh QB should RS...and maybe both should, but if you are going to play one then I think it would be the guy who runs the "wildcat" package the best (Towles or Whitlow) to provide a change of pace from the offense we will be running this year.
I am not deriding any of the other QBs on the roster. Haven't seen enough of Whitlow to get a feel for his demeanor - he definitely has the physical attributes and says the right things. You could tell Smith had a confidence about him when he was put into the games last season, but I'm not sure he was as comfortable with the whole scene early last Fall as Towles appears this year. He - Smith - is definitely loose and at ease this Fall though. I agree, the QB situation looks bright. Now if some of these young receivers will step up quickly and the O-Line comes together we could have a decent offense this year.
THIS!! Exactly what I'd like to see. Regardless though we've got get play out of our big uglies. They've got to be one of our strongest units.
This post was edited by tWhit 20 months ago
So, everyone has written Newton off?
You have seen him play for 3 years. What do you think?
ok. lol. I thought so.
And I know he's struggled his first 3 years, but I saw Hartline play one good half in 3 years too.
What part of last year would make you believe he can do the job? What part of Max Smith basically taking over 2nd half of MSU game and Ole Miss game and the offense started to move the ball with the same OL, WR and TE would make you want to see Newton again?
This is explanation enough.
UK Quarterback Morgan Newton is so rattled by the WKU Defense he sacks himself.
Keep Calm & Stoops On..
I didn't say I wanted him to start and never said he had performed up to this point. And I basically knew the answer. It was kind of a joke, but apparently some of you are so miserable you have to let everyone know which ones of our players and coaches (and administrators) you loathe and would prefer fall off the face of the earth.
Newton seems to be a good kid. He has not shown the ability to get it done to this point and probably won't either but I still believe in miracles and our coaches and our players so I wouldn't mind seeing a 2nd coming of Peyton Manning show up this year. Too bad your life will suck if that happens.
If you only saw Hartline play one good half in 3 years then either you don't watch UKFB or you don't understand the game. One of the two.
Now which half would that be?
The first half of his Junior year before he was intentionally injured at SC or the outstanding two halves of his Senior year.
The point I was making was that prior to Hartline's senior year, he had the first half of the S.C. game before getting hurt. Other than that, he didn't have a whole lot to put in a highlight video. He came back and had a great year his senior year. One that was well deserved, and one that made douche bags like me eat their words. Admittedly Hartline was further along in his developement at this point than Newton, and Newton really hasn't shown us anything to get our hopes up, but I'm not gonna turn on our players anymore like I did on Hartline. That's not what real fans do.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by stillDA23 20 months ago
With you 100 percent stillDA23
As much as he's struggled, I don't think Newton is as bad as he showed last season. I just think he lost his confidence early in the year and then the Florida, South Carolina and LSU games just put him in the tank for the rest of the year.
Not saying he'll be the starter or that he'll play well this year, but not sure anyone saw Mike Hartline having the type of season he did as a senior either.
Plus, Newton looks to be in much better shape as well.
Again, Newton deserves some criticism for his play last year but people forget how many balls the WRs dropped, especially in that game.
I know, but that play kind of sums it up, IMO. I was kind of being facetious.
Which was Tee Martin's fault.
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