Patrick Towles’ announcement Sunday afternoon that he intends to transfer from the University of Kentucky means the Wildcats will have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for the 2016 season.
Drew Barker, who took over starting QB duties from Towles two weeks ago, will be a sophomore next season and is the early favorite to win the starting quarterback job. Barker was 35-for-70 for 364 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in five games — and two starts — this season.
Reese Phillips, who was sidelined by an achilles injury earlier this year, is expected to return for his junior season. He did not play quarterback this season and was 2-for-9 for 45 yards with one interception in three appearances as Towles’ backup in 2014.