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Patrick Towles ranked 7th best SEC QB

Agree or disagree with Patrick Towles being ranked the No. 7 SEC quarterback?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2015 college football nearing, the Kentucky Wildcats are poised to win six games and make it back to a bowl game for the first time since 2011.

One big reason why is they have one of the better quarterbacks you'll find in the SEC in Patrick Towles. Some regard the junior signal-caller as an NFL prospect who could be playing on Sundays in the near future. Towles started every game last year as a redshirt sophomore while getting off to a re-hot start before cooling off down the stretch. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Towles completed 57.3% of his passes for 2,718 yards, rushed for 303 yards and produced 20 total touchdowns as a first-time starter.

Now sitting at just over three weeks until the regular-season opener vs. UL-Lafayette., Athlon Sports did a preseason QB ranking for every SEC signal-caller. On their list, Towles came in as the No. 7 QB this season:

7. Patrick Towles, Kentucky

Towles is a bit of a wild card on this list. He could rank a spot or two higher or he could lose the starting job to talented redshirt freshman Drew Barker. In 12 games last season, Towles threw for 2,718 yards and 14 scores and added 303 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. How quickly will new coordinator Shannon Dawson settle on a starter this fall?

Here’s a look at how all SEC QBs were ranked on Athlnon

1. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

2. Jeremy Johnson, Auburn

3. Josh Dobbs, Tennessee

4. Kyle Allen, Texas A&M

5. Maty Mauk, Missouri

6. Brandon Allen, Arkansas

7. Patrick Towles, Kentucky

8. Jacob Coker, Alabama

9. Brice Ramsey, Georgia

10. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

11. Will Grier, Florida

12. Anthony Jennings/Brandon Harris, LSU

13. Connor Mitch, South Carolina

14. Wade Freebeck, Vanderbilt

Recently, the guys at Saturday's Down South also ranked Towles as the No. 7 QB in the SEC:

7. Patrick Towles, Kentucky: A case could be made for Patrick Towles to be higher on this list, but the fact that the Wildcats are willing to take a serious look at redshirt freshman Drew Barker for the quarterback position tempers expectations a bit here. Towles was one of the league’s more productive passers in 2014, posting huge numbers against Florida (369 yards) and Mississippi State (390 yards), but both games were eventual losses for a team that came up one win short of a bowl appearance. Still, anytime a sophomore posts more than 3,000 yards of total offense in the SEC it is worth noting.

Agree or disagree with Towles being ranked the No. 7 SEC quarterback?

Personally, I'd take Towles over Maty Mauk every day and twice on Saturday.