Pulley's improvement has Brooks excited

With the current season not yet complete it is not too early to look forward to spring practice. This fall Curtis Pulley has made great strides as a collegiate quarterback, and has put himself in a position to compete with Andre Woodson for the starting spot this spring. "He's throwing a lot more accurately now. He's made major improvements in his throwing," Brooks said. "I still think Andre is a big-time guy, but I also think Curtis has put himself in position to be a big-time guy.

Curtis Pulley's athleticism is evident any time he steps on the football field and it has to be tempting for Kentucky coach Rich Brooks to think about moving him to another position rather than have him backing up starting quarterback Andre Woodson.

Still, Brooks made it clear this week that Pulley is a quarterback and will stay there because he continues to make improvements that have the coach excited about his future.

"He's had more reps throwing the ball this fall than he probably had in two years of high school football," Brooks said. "The guy is a quarterback. He brings dimensions to that position that Andre does not have. Besides, if we just predetermined that Andre was the guy and moved Curtis, I don't know if that would bode well for Andre."

Translation: As long as Pulley is at quarterback, Woodson knows he has to keep improving just to keep his job.

Brooks says no one, including Woodson, will have a "guaranteed starting job" when spring practice begins and that Pulley will "have a shot" to win the starting job. While that might still be a bit too much to expect from Pulley, the quarterback competition can only make both players better.

Remember, Pulley is a true freshman. He's had to learn everything on the go this year. His throwing mechanics were not the best when he arrived at Kentucky. But Brooks says Pulley has "improved as much from fall camp to now" as any quarterback he's ever been around. That's high praise.

"He's throwing a lot more accurately now. He's made major improvements in his throwing," Brooks said. "I still think Andre is a big-time guy, but I also think Curtis has put himself in position to be a big-time guy.

"Curtis is a guy who can make plays with both his feet and his arm. When he does run, he is a real threat. Curtis is making quicker decisions at an earlier age than Andre did."

Don't take Brooks' praise of Pulley as criticism of Woodson. It's just for a change, Kentucky may have two viable options at quarterback next season and that can only help make both players better.

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