2017 NFL DRAFT

Patrick Towles, QB

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Ft. Thomas, KY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 240 lbs.
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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

09/28/2015 - Patrick Towles used the same right arm that threw two touchdown passes against No. 25 Missouri to exhort Kentucky fans to cheer and celebrate as the final seconds ticked off of the Wildcats' biggest win in recent memory. Teammates joined the party with a small yet diligent group of fans that kept looking up at the scoreboard to take in Saturday night's 21-13 victory that spoke volumes about their resolve just a week after a disappointing loss to Florida. Towles played the biggest role with two TD passes and another on a 14-yard score that helped end the Wildcats' 18-game losing streak against ranked teams.

"It was important for me for sure, really not playing as good as I could have in any of those three games," said Towles, whose arm and feet were critical in the Wildcats' first upset of a ranked team since beating then-No. 18 South Carolina 31-28 in Lexington five years ago. "Coming out and playing like this was important for me." The junior threw TD passes of 24 yards to tight end C.J. Conrad in the third quarter and the 5-yard clincher to Dorian Baker with 6:20 remaining that brought cheers of "Go Big Blue!" from the crowd of 58,008. Towles completed 14 of his first passes for 120 yards before finishing 22 of 27 for 249 yards, adding nine runs for 21 yards. His performance helped the Wildcats (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) gain 369 yards against the nation's fourth-ranked defense and snap a school-record, 11-game road winning streak for the Tigers (3-1, 0-1). - AP Sports

09/14/2015 - Kentucky snapped a 22-game losing streak on the road with its 26-22 win at South Carolina. The Wildcats' hadn't won in an opponent's stadium since beating Louisville in 2010. The last SEC win on the road for the Wildcats was a 34-27 victory at Georgia on Nov. 21, 2009, and their last win in a conference opener was in 2007 against Arkansas. "It feels good," coach Mark Stoops said. "Again, you know if you want to grow as a program, you've got to take these steps." - The Sports Xchange

08/17/2015 - Kentucky names Patrick Towles starting quarterback...One down. Many to go. Kentucky became the first undecided SEC team to declare a victor in its starting quarterback race Monday, when Mark Stoops announced following practice that junior Patrick Towles will start the 2015 season under center for the Wildcats. Towles was the incumbent starter after throwing for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014, but four-star redshirt freshman Drew Barker forced Stoops to delay naming his 2015 starter until now.

"It was a good battle. Drew did some very good things," Stoops said, per the Courier-Journal. "Patrick played exceptional [during a scrimmage] on Saturday. Really encouraged with his progress." A former four-star recruit himself, Towles has been the heavy favorite to win the job after earning strong reviews in spring camp under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Stoops' decision shrinks the number of SEC teams still waiting on a final quarterback decision to a mere eight, though like the Wildcats, Texas A&M (with Kyle Allen) and Florida (with Will Grier) have clear frontrunners. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

04/22/2015 - The renovations at Commonwealth Stadium created a one-year hiatus for Kentucky's annual Blue-White spring game, leaving Wildcats coach Mark Stoops to measure growth through practice. That included Saturday's final open workout featuring a scrimmage which had the coach encouraged with two more practices next week. "Overall, I was pleased with the effort," Stoops said. "I challenged our team to really have a good week and make some progress as a team and grow. It was the most consistent week that we've had in a while with all of the things that we're doing." Kentucky aims to bounce back from a 5-7 season that ended with six straight losses.

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is putting his touch on a pass-oriented attack which is similar to predecessor Neal Brown's scheme but with more downfield passing. Dawson's changes seem to suit quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Drew Barker, who chose from several wide receiver targets in Blake Bone, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Garrett Johnson and Jeff Badet. All caught deep throws from the two QBs. "We're comfortable with the offense," said Towles, who started every game last season and threw for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns. "We're trying to be more consistent and efficient. We're comfortable with the guys that we have (on offense)." - AP Sports

 
 
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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