The SEC has some figuring out to do at the quarterback position.
Although Big Blue Nation won’t receive much flattery in the conference, they for starters will mend their offense with junior Patrick Towles as Kentucky prepares for 2015.
And for the once Gatorade Player of the Year amidst the Bluegrass State, he’ll hope the upcoming season mimics the results of the preceding parts of 2014.
What began as a spark for Towles and the Wildcats was quickly erased by the wheels slipping off the wagon in transit to a 5-7 season, including six straight defeats I culminate the year.
Whether the confidence lagged as the season progressed or Towles simply couldn’t supply the talent to oust capable competition, there’s a multitude of variables.
The initial six contests: 5-1. And the quarterback play, consistent.
1,541 yards, 10 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions, and even in the lone loss to the Florida Gators, Towles tossed 369 yards on the upper echelon secondary. That had to spark optimism for a team nearly a three-touchdown underdog in the Swamp.
The season seemingly dismantled in mid-October, and Towles threw for just four touchdowns in the final six, all losses.
To me, there’s some good, and there’s some bad.
The competition to kick off the season should’ve been the confidence booster it appeared to be, but Towles couldn’t grasp the motivation for the gauntlet in the latter half.
Victories versus Vandy, UL-Monroe, Ohio, Tennessee-Martin and a lowly South Carolina team, the victories and efficiency could (and should be) described as non-surprising, considering the wins came versus two mid-majors, one FCS club, and a hindered Gamecocks club.
But losses to Mississippi State, LSU, Louisville, Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri, you wonder if Towles’ success was fraudulent, given the admirable opposition.
In the six losses to conclude 2015, completion percentage dwindled and he racked up 200 yards or more just once compared to five times in the first six.
According to CatsPause.com, offensive Shannon Dawson praised Towles for his consistency amidst Spring Ball, noting that he “never had a bad day.”
But for a conference supplying 12 teams that return six or more defensive starters, Towles better hope that the consistency is all but present in 2015.