Game Day Eve: MSU Plans to Attack Young QBs

This week’s game: No. 20 MSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2), Saturday, 11:21 a.m., SEC Network (Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano)


With two freshmen taking snaps for Kentucky this weekend, MSU’s defenders are drooling the chance for fresh meat. That’s the gist of today’s opponent story, which looks at how the Bulldogs view the quarterback situation in Lexington.

Senior linebacker Cam Lawrence was especially vocal this week about MSU’s plan to get after Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles. He compared this opportunity to what MSU did against Auburn’s Kiehl Frazier, a young QB who couldn’t do anything against the Bulldogs.

“I know they’re young, athletic, so we’re going to try to get after them,” Lawrence said.

UK coach Joker Phillips confirmed on Thursday that Whitlow will start. He played most of last week’s game against South Carolina after starter Maxwell Smith went down injured. But Towles will get significant snaps as well.

Obviously, MSU has had little film to study on those two. And while they’re young, they are talented, especially Towles. The Bulldogs have to be guard against over-confidence.

“People put the freshman label on people, but he’s probably been playing football since he was a little kid,” safety Corey Broomfield said. “I don’t really care what year he is. He’s an SEC football player.”


Here’s the rest of this weekend’s SEC schedule (Alabama and Tennessee are off).

• Arkansas at Auburn, 11 a.m., ESPN2

• LSU at Florida, 2:30 p.m., CBS

• Vanderbilt at Missouri, 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net

• Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPNU

• Georgia at South Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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