It’s been just over a week since Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops answered the question he’s been asked most frequently since the 2013 season ended.
Who’s your starting quarterback?
Yet when Stoops met with the media Monday in advance of the Wildcats’ season-opener against Tennessee Martin Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, it was a bit surprising when he said he also hoped his second string quarterback got on the field for at least a series or two.
Sophomore Patrick Towles, the former Mr. Football from Ft. Thomas Highlands, is the No. 1 signal-caller and he’ll see the bulk of the action. But backup Reese Phillips could also get a few snaps, Stoops said.
“That’s the plan right now,” Stoops said. “We’ll get into that honestly as we get through this week. I think I’d love to play him. But you know and I know Patrick needs the reps. We’ve got to get out there, get better, move this program forward. We’ll see how that goes. But to answer your question, I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t play in this game.”
But no matter what happens behind center on Saturday, don’t look for Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown to have a quick hook should Towles struggle a bit.