Brown says nothing new on UK quarterback situation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown said on Thursday there really isn't any news on the Wildcats' quarterback situation.

Speaking at the Lexington Rotary, Brown said he's encouraged with what he and head coach Mark Stoops saw after reviewing video of spring workouts.

"I think (Patrick) Towles played the best in the spring game," Brown said. "Reese (Phillips) was probably a little more solid in a normal practice setting.

Towles, the 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore out of Highlands, got the nod to open the annual Blue/White game as the starting quarterback, which ended spring drills. Phillips is a redshirt freshman from Tennessee.

"He didn't step up in the scrimmages as much as Patrick," Brown said of Phillips.

True freshman Drew Barker is a highly rated quarterback out of northern Kentucky. Brown said the Conner High School All-American had a good spring.

"Drew picked it up pretty well," Brown said of UK's Air Raid offense. "There are some encouraging things, because he's got a year's less experience."

Maxwell Smith sat out spring practices while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Jalen Whitlow left the team in the middle of spring workouts.

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