Patrick Towles, QB

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Ft. Thomas, KY
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Player Overview

Towles signed with UK with considerable fanfare after guiding Highlands High School to three consecutive state championships and earning the Paul Hornung Award as Kentucky's prep Player of the Year.

He saw limited action as a true freshman (19 of 40 for 233 yards and a touchdown in five games) before redshirting in 2013 but emerged as the starter in 2014, starting all 12 games and completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

Towles and the Wildcats struggled down the stretch in 2014, however, dropping their final six games with the quarterback throwing five interceptions (against just two touchdowns) in particularly ugly losses to Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Towles looks the part of an NFL quarterback with prototypical height, broad shoulders and evenly distributed muscle mass. His best success comes on bucket throws to the outside, demonstrating the touch, trajectory and ball placement to defeat press coverage on intermediate and deep fade routes and occasional deep posts.

Despite Towles' size, he is surprisingly athletic, rushing for 305 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. Some of this production is scheme related as the Wildcats often call read-option plays. Also, Towles is very willing to leave the pocket when he senses it collapsing to get what he can.

WEAKNESSES: Towles sprays the ball when he doesn't have the leg room to step into throws, raising concerns about arm strength and true accuracy. Possesses an elongated delivery that gives defenders an extra split second warning of where the ball will be headed.

He's faster and more agile than he looks but must do a better job of keeping his eyes downfield to exhaust passing opportunities rather than simply scrambling. It is scouts' hope that improvement in this area (and several others) will come with more experience.

COMPARES TO: Sean Minnion, Rams -- In terms of size and arm talent, Towles reminds me of a young Mannion, the reigning Pac-12 career passing champion and a 2015 third round selection of the St. Louis Rams. Like Mannion, Towles has intriguing tools but needs to work on his accuracy - although he is the superior pure athlete of the two.

IN OUR VIEW: At this point, Towles is one to watch from an NFL perspective. He does offer some intriguing tools and in just now entering his redshirt junior campaign, Towles has the time to develop.

--Rob Rang (4/20/15)

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Player News
11/30/2015 - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that junior quarterback Patrick Towles will transfer after starting 10 games this season. Towles had started 22 consecutive games before being replaced by redshirt freshman Drew Barker last week against Charlotte, but finished Saturday's 38-24 season-ending loss to rival Louisville. The Fort Thomas, Kentucky, native has career totals of 5,099 passing yards and 24 touchdowns - including 2,148 passing yards and nine TDs this season. He also rushed for 353 yards and 11 touchdowns. Stoops thanked Towles in a news release Sunday and said he understands his decision. Towles will earn a political science degree next month and have one season of eligibility remaining. He thanked Stoops and others in a statement, adding "I will truly bleed blue 'til the day I die." - AP Sports


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