With Joker Phillips promising that Kentucky will roll the dice with a pair of true freshmen quarterbacks on Saturday against Mississippi State, they are scrambling in Starkville.
Mississippi State coaches have just a small amount of video to study on UK rookie quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles, who will replace injured UK starter Maxwell Smith.
Whitlow did play 61 snaps last Saturday in the Cats’ 38-17 loss to South Carolina. Towles has been quarterbacking the Kentucky scout team, so the MSU coaches have been digging up game tape from the Mr. Football’s high school days at Ft. Thomas Highlands.
“A lot of times when you go with a true freshman, you’re going to let them play with talent and let them play off their emotion and their excitement,” MSU coach Dan Mullen told Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger. “And they can make a lot of things happen as they go.”
Whitlow completed 12 of 23 passes for 114 yards with two interceptions against South Carolina. Whitlow did scramble for an eight yard touchdown against the Gamecocks and led the Cats on all three of their scoring drives. He played the fourth quarter the week before at Florida, completing one pass for six yards.