Kentucky to use two quarterbacks in opener

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Maxwell Smith started Kentucky's opener against Louisville last year
Maxwell Smith started Kentucky's opener against Louisville last year. (USATSI)

The quarterback battle at Kentucky consisted of three sophomores and, at the moment, it appears that two of them have won.

Following a scrimmage on Tuesday coach Mark Stoops said that the Wildcats will play two quarterbacks, Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow, during their opener against Western Kentucky. Which quarterback will get the actual start in the game has not been decided.

What has been decided is that the starter won't be former four-star recruit Patrick Towles.

“We've only chatted with Patrick," said Stoops. "The other two are still battling. But Patrick was very good, very mature, handled it very well. It wasn't an easy conversation, because I know how much he cares and how much he put into it. He handled it the right way. And I know it was easy for me because I was very fair in the whole process. I gave him every opportunity to win the job.”

Stoops also said that if things aren't working out with Smith and Whitlow, Towles could have a shot at the job during the season though the plan will be for the sophomore to redshirt in 2013.

As for the two still fighting for the job, both Smith and Whitlow saw plenty of time on the field last fall. Smith began last season as the starter and finished the year as Kentucky's leading passer, throwing for 975 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions in four games. Whitlow threw for 801 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in ten games. Whitlow also rushed for another 206 yards and three scores.

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