Injuries Plaguing Young Kentucky Wildcats
With true freshman Patrick Towles out, two quarterbacks are now sidelined for the Kentucky Wildcats. Towles joined Kentucky sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith on the sidelines after starring in the first series of his collegiate career over the weekend. Injuries and lack of experienced depth has hindered the young Kentucky football program’s progress, leaving head coach Joker Phillips with more question marks as he works to remain in Lexington.
A former Head Coach In Waiting, Phillips entered the season already on the hot seat. A rash of injuries and five losses in six outings probably hasn’t helped Phillips’ bid to keep his job. His Wildcats sit at 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Southeastern Conference with a road trip to Fayetteville and a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on tap for this weekend.
The Kentucky secondary took a hit on Saturday when Martavius Neloms (hamstring) and Ashely Lowery (concussion-like symptoms) were both lost to injuries. Kentucky’s secondary currently features just six healthy players. Towles wasn’t the only Kentucky true freshman to see action on Saturday. With the Kentucky secondary’s injury issues, true freshman Zack Blaylock was introduced to SEC football. Blaylock finished with two tackles in the loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Kentucky has now played 14 true freshmen this season. In all, Kentucky has put 22 freshmen on the field.
True freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow is still healthy and will remain the starting signal-caller for the Wildcats. Yes, Kentucky fans can be heard knocking on wood. The very athletic Whitlow (6-2, 202) has appeared in four games and rushed for two touchdowns. Whitlow, however, wasn’t even a full-time quarterback for his high school team. Instead, Whitlow split time between quarterback and wide receiver.