Three things from the just-completed Kentucky football press luncheon:
1. Patrick Towles has a high ankle sprain. The freshman quarterback is being listed as week-to-week and will not play Saturday at Arkansas. My guess is he will not play the rest of the season. Head coach Joker Phillips didn’t say that. I have no concrete evidence on which to base that prediction. Towles said Saturday he wants to play. But let’s say he misses the next couple of weeks, which is certainly possible with a high ankle sprain. Why would you burn a prize recruit’s redshirt on the final four games of the season?
2. The youth movement will continue. Kentucky has played 14 true freshmen to this point, which is probably the cutoff point. And the rookies are taking their lumps now. The hope is that they are gaining valuable experience that will help down the road. Freshman linebacker Khalid Henderson said today that the rookies have definitely formed a bond and they think it will pay off in the future.
3. Joker Phillips said he doesn’t have time to worry about being evaluated at the end of the season. You know he thinks about it from time to time. Human nature. But what can he do? His team was facing an uphill battle, and now it is beset with injuries to key people. The already poor attendance isn’t likely to get better. All those factors come into play. At some point a decision will be made. Mitch Barnhart is the man who will make it. Six games to go.
Click here for Jen Smith’s notes from the luncheon.