Stoops: No starter at quarterback yet

Entering spring football practice, the Kentucky staff indicated a strong desire to see a starting quarterback emerge by the conclusion of the Blue-White Game. It appears that has not occurred.

Entering spring football practice, the Kentucky staff indicated a strong desire to see a starting quarterback emerge by the conclusion of the Blue-White Game.

It appears that has not occurred.

Speaking Wednesday on the SEC coaches' spring teleconference, UK head coach Mark Stoops said he was not prepared to name a starter at this time.

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"We're not ready at this point in time for me to release any starter or anything like that," Stoops said. "Just like I've said, really, throughout the spring, I feel like we're improved at that position. I feel like we're improved around them.

"I think we've been more consistent with our quarterback play throughout this spring, more accurate. I think the guys have improved."

All three quarterbacks who played in Saturday's Blue-White Game looked impressive at times. Third-year sophomore Patrick Towles completed 11 of 15 passes for 126 yards; redshirt freshman Reese Phillips was 10-for-17 for 74 yards and two touchdowns; early freshman enrollee Drew Barker went 7-of-19 for 74 yards and a TD.

"I felt like Patrick really did some really good things throughout the spring, played well in the spring game," Stoops said. "But I was also pleased with the other two, so I'm not quite ready to name a starter. We feel very good with where we're at and the improvement at that position."

Although Towles may have had the best performance in front of 35,117 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, Stoops hinted that Phillips may have been the guy to beat prior to the spring game.

"Reese is a guy that the coaches and our players really have a lot of confidence in. That's a great compliment," Stoops said. "He's a guy that we feel is always very steady. He, at times throughout this spring, was the guy who was the most consistent and would move the team the best."

Added Stoops: "He's very much still in the hunt."


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