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Mark Stoops could name Kentucky Wildcats' starting QB this Saturday

It's Patrick Towles vs. Drew Barker, but there's been little question as to who's been leading the race for the entire offseason.

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It's no secret Patrick Towles is leading the race to become the Kentucky Wildcats' starting QB once again this year, and the official word could come as soon as this weekend.

While speaking with the media following Tuesday's practice, head coach Mark Stoops told reports that's now enough separation between Towles and redshirt freshman Drew Barker that a decision on the starter could come as soon as Saturday after the team's first scrimmage.

New offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson seemed to echo those sentiments, but did leave some wiggle room for the competition to continue for a little while longer:

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Towles completed 57.3% of his passes for 2,718 yards, rushed for 303 yards and 20 total touchdowns as a first-time starter in 2014.

Barker is a 6-foot-3, 216-pound former four-star recruit from Burlington who was rated the No. 5 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country by Rivals for 2014.. He threw for 6,264 yards, rushed for 3,931 and accounted for 113 total scores in high school, but never sniffed the field last year after losing to Towles in training camp.

It's good to see Barker is making sure the veteran Towles isn't handed his job back in 2015, but it's also good to see the veteran earning his job back if he does in fact win it.