Freshman Patrick Towles has been cleared to practice this week and is now considered "day to day," UK coach Joker Phillips said during his weekly Monday press luncheon.
"If Towles can play, he'll play," Phillips said. "It will be the same situation that we did in the Mississippi State game. But, again, he hasn't taken a snap yet. We'll take a look and see tomorrow."
I daresay that's good news for the Wildcats, as they could definitely use Towles's arm. The problem, though is that Towles hasn't taken a snap in over two weeks, and he's bound to have some rust as well as some initial pain as he recovers from that high ankle sprain.
Safety Martavius Neloms is also hopeful to return this weekend, although he's listed day-to-day. Word is he'll try to go on Wednesday. Offensive guard Zach West is also banged up and will hopefully be ready to practice on Wednesday as is cornerback Cartier Rice, who aggravated a hip flexor that's been bothering him all year on Saturday.
Safety Mikie Benton is likely to try to return to practice on Tuesday as well.
I have to apologize to the coaching staff. I criticized them for having a punt block on that caused the running into the kicker penalty. That's not the case. That play was a "punt safe" play, which means that nobody was supposed to get close enough to the punter for that to happen. In other words, it was an execution issue.
Also, as far as the Whitlow migraine situation:
Whitlow also sat out the third quarter of UK’s homecoming showdown with Georgia a week ago due to migraine headaches. Whitlow reportedly has a history of migraines dating back to his high school career, but this was the first such incident since his arrival in Lexington. Phillips said the training staff is confident that it can take preventative measures to assure this issue to arise again in the future.
I've had a couple of migraines, and they are definitely no fun. I'm surprised he was able to return.
I do wonder what Phillips has up his sleeve as far as the QBs go. Will we be seeing all three of them? I wouldn't be the least bit surprised, although I'd be willing to bet we see more of Jalen Whitlow than anyone, which is probably as it should be in this game. We'll have to see about later on.
I hope Sanders & Co. continue to open up the playbook. It was exciting to watch on Saturday, and what do they have to lose now that a winning season/bowl is officially out of reach?