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Towles 'excited' to be UK's starting QB

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Patrick Towles says he felt relieved after winning the competition to be Kentucky's starting quarterback. He says is "super excited" to get the opportunity that he has worked so hard to get.

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound redshirt sophomore was considered the favorite heading into camp, and he eventually beat out redshirt freshman Reese Phillips, freshman Drew Barker and junior Maxwell Smith. Towles will be under center for the Wildcats' Aug. 30 season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

Coach Mark Stoops' long-awaited announcement Monday culminated a frustrating journey for Towles, who arrived at Kentucky with high expectations in 2012 before falling off the radar last season and being redshirted.

Instead of giving up, Towles came back strong this spring after tweaking his mechanics and attitude.

 

 

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