Kentucky relying on youth at QB; Whitlow likely to start again

Kentucky will try to pull the upset of No. 11 Georgia on Saturday with a true freshman at quarterback.

Jalen Whitlow is likely to get his third consecutive start for the Wildcats.

Whitlow was rated by Scout.com as the No. 57 quarterback prospect in the 2012 class.

That’s behind another Kentucky freshman, Patrick Towles, at No. 33.

Towles is showing improvement from a high ankle sprain but is considered doubtful for Saturday.

They have been pushed into action this season after sophomore Maxwell Smith, who completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 975 yards and eight touchdowns, sustained a torn left ankle ligament against South Carolina.

Whitlow has started the past two games — both losses — 27-14 to Mississippi State and 49-7 to Arkansas.

“Jalen, every snap he gets is only good for him being able to grow in this program,” coach Joker Phillips said Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Whitlow, from Prattville, Ala., has completed 25 of 60 passes for 282 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, but can be a threat in the run game.

Towles, a 6-5, 232-pound native of Fort Thomas, Ky., connected on 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown against Mississippi State before being injured.

Phillips said Towles was able to “get up on his toes,” on Monday. “That’s usually a good sign when you have a high ankle sprain. …He moved around a little bit, not great today, but we’ll take a look at it tomorrow and Wednesday also.”

The Wildcats also have senior Morgan Newton, who started in a 38-0 loss at Florida on Sept. 22 and against Georgia in 2009 in a 34-27 win in Athens.

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@rguthrie85 @BKReese25 Mentioned in postgame blog how they were below a bunch of FCS teams in Sagarin ratings.

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