LEXINGTON, Ky. - (WKYT) The biggest question of the preseason was answered Monday. Mark Stoops announced Patrick Towles as his starting quarterback.
"Patrick's done a very good job," Stoops said. "I have a lot of confidence in Patrick. He's worked extremely hard. I said it before that I was proud of his work ethic."
Towles, out of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, came into the UK program highly touted. He was a Parade All-American and was named Mr. Football in Kentucky. After playing briefly as a freshman, Towles redshirted last season.
"A lot of people, a year ago when he was told that he was not going to be in the mix, could have put their head down," Stoops detailed on Towles mindset during his redshirt season. "They could have quit, they could have transferred. Or they face it and get improvement. And he worked. And I'm proud of that. I like the fact that he just went to work to get better. That sends a good message to the rest of the team."
"What he did is he really grew up, he matured, became more serious about football, started doing things right off the field," UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. "And what I mean by that is -- he was always a good kid, I don't mean that -- he made football one of the top priorities in his life. After the givens, he made football a top priority. He went out and got a lot of drill work. We focused on fundamentals, which was really important to him. He went out and got some extra work, and he was productive."
Towles won the job over redshirt freshman Reese Phillips, freshman Drew Barker and junior Max Smith. Towles is expected to talk with the media Tuesday following practice.