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Kentucky Freshman QB Patrick Towles Could Be Out For Season


Kentucky Wildcats freshman quarterback Patrick Towles has a high ankle sprain and could be done for the season. Towles, who looked brilliant on the first drive of his collegiate career on Saturday against Mississippi State, won’t play on the road versus the Arkansas Razorbacks this week. The freshman from Kentucky high school powerhouse Highlands is listed as week-to-week. Rather than lose a season of eligibility, Towles might not return at any time here in the second half of the 2012 campaign.

Fellow freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow will remain the starter for the Wildcats. Former Kentucky starting quarterback Maxwell Smith went out with an ankle injury earlier in the season. Following Towles’ appearance on Saturday, four different quarterbacks have now played in the first half of a game for the Wildcats this season.Veteran Morgan Newton, a senior, started for the Wildcats on the road against the Florida Gators in September.

Towles completed five of six passes for 71 yards and one touchdown during his first half appearance versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs over the weekend. The highly-touted freshman from Northern Kentucky completed a 32-yard scoring pass to La’Rod King. Towles sprained his ankle on a sack in the second quarter and did not return.

The highly-decorated Towles was named to the Parade magazine All-America team and earned Kentucky’s Mr. Football award following a high school senior year that had him completing 171 of 279 passes for 3,820 yards and 42 touchdowns with only one interception.

The Wildcats have played a very challenging schedule in 2012. Kentucky hosted Mississippi Statein its third-consecutive game against an undefeated opponent.

Kentucky (1-5 overall, 0-3 in the SEC) fields one of the youngest teams in the country as 14 true freshmen have played in six games.