Kentucky Wildcats Still Have Not Made Quarterback Decision

By Tim Letcher

The Kentucky Wildcats still have not named a starting quarterback. And it appears that a decision is still at least a week away.

It does not appear that the coaching staff is trying to be coy with the media about this decision. In the little bit of practice that the media has been allowed to attend, there is no clear-cut leader in the quarterback competition, and that should worry head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown.

Both Stoops and Brown would like to have the starter in place sooner rather than later. When a starter is named, that player will be able to get more reps overall, and more reps with the first team, as the quarterback and the offense try to get in some sort of rhythm.

It appeared that Kentucky had a three-man competition heading into fall camp, but it may now be a four-man battle. Stoops and Brown have said that redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and true freshman Drew Barker were all in the mix. The fourth potential candidate, junior Maxwell Smith, is returning from injury, but claims to be feeling well enough to be in the mix.

Kentucky has not been able to name a starter at this point because of the inconsistent play of each of the candidates. Just when it appears that one of them is ready to step into the starting role, he regresses. And it’s not happening to just one of the quarterbacks, it seems to be happening to all of them.

Quarterback play hampered Kentucky last season, and it’s an area of concern for the 2014 team as well. And that concern seems to be growing with each passing day.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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