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Photos by Chris Jones|Harlan Daily EnterpriseKentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towels releases a pass during action in Saturday's Blue-White game. Towels completed 9-of-10 passes while playing for the Blue team and finished 11-of-15 for 126 yards overall. The Blue squad, made up of the first-team offense and defense, outscored the White 38-14.
Photos by Chris Jones|Harlan Daily EnterpriseKentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towels releases a pass during action in Saturday's Blue-White game. Towels completed 9-of-10 passes while playing for the Blue team and finished 11-of-15 for 126 yards overall. The Blue squad, made up of the first-team offense and defense, outscored the White 38-14.
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LEXINGTON – Jojo Kemp rushed for 90 yards and scored two touchdowns and Patrick Towels was impressive at quarterback as the Blue team outscored the White team 38-14 in Kentucky’s spring game at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.


The attendance of 35,117 during Saturday’s game ranks as the second-most in program history for a UK spring game, behind last season’s mark of 50,831.


The Blue squad, comprised of the first-team offense and defense, racked up 437 total yards compared to 165 for the White team. The offensive attack was led by a balanced effort, as 234 yards came through the air and another 203 on the ground. Kemp led the Blue team with those 90 yards and two TDs on the ground and added two receptions for 41 yards. Transfer running back Braylon Heard carried the ball seven times for 55 yards.


Mikel Horton rushed for 70 yards and a score on a game-high 13 carries for the White squad. Splitting time between both teams, running back Josh Clemons ran the ball 11 times for a game-high 93 yards and one touchdown.


The three Kentucky quarterbacks rotated between the Blue and White teams. Towles started for the Blue team, and was 9 of 10 passing for 110 yards playing with the starters. He finished an efficient 11-of-15 for 126 yards overall on the day.


Playing in his first game as a Wildcat, true freshman quarterback Drew Barker finished 7-of-19 for 74 yards and a TD that went for 30 yards to wide receiver Demarco Robinson. Reese Phillips was the third QB to see action in the game and he threw for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-17 passing.


Those three are all competing to be the starting quarterback this fall.


Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he would evaluate the three quarterbacks during the next two weeks, but its unlikely Stoops and his staff will name a starter prior to fall workouts, giving all three players a fresh start when camp resumes in August.


“There’s no decision yet,” Stoops said. “I’m proud of the effort Pat has done and really liked the other two as well. The other two are great quarterbacks and certainly had some great days this spring.”


The quarterback race dwindled after Jalen Whitlow, who started eight games last season, announced he was transferring two weeks into spring practice.


Maxwell Smith, who started four games last season, sat out spring workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery.


Robinson led all receivers with eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Timmons added five catches for 47 yards.


On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Daron Blaylock led all players with nine total tackles. Defensive end Za’Darius Smith registered four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception, which all came in the first half.


On the opening drive of the game, the Blue team went 70 yards in just seven plays, while taking just over two minutes off the clock. Kemp would punch it in from just four yards out to make it 7-0 Blue team.


The White team would tie it up at 7-7 with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter following a two-yard touchdown run from Clemons. Clemons accounted for 55 of the 70 yards on the drive, including a 38-yard run down the sideline to set up first-and-goal for the White.


Kemp would add his second score of the half on a 48-yard run to give the Blue squad a 14-7 lead with 2:21 left in the first half. On the ensuing play, Towles’ pass was intercepted by defensive end Za’Darius Smith and returned 13 yards to just inside the 20 yard line. Phillips then found tight end Steven Borden for a 17-yard touchdown on the very next play to give Blue a 21-7 lead before halftime.


With less than a minute remaining in the half, Towles drove the Blue team 58 yards into scoring position and kicker Austin MacGinnis cashed a 40-yard field goal on the final play before intermission to make it 24-7.


Midway through the third quarter the Blue squad tacked on another touchdown to make it 31-7 on a one-yard TD pass from Phillips to fullback D.J. Warren. The White team responded with a touchdown drive of its own to cut the deficit to 31-14. Horton punched it in from a yard out for his first score of the day.


The final score of the game came when Barker connected with Robinson for a 30-yard strike on a post pattern to give the Blue a 38-14 lead late in the fourth quarter.


Although no decision has been made on who will be the team’s starting quarterback, Stoops liked the way his team concluded the spring workouts compared to his first session as Kentucky coach a year ago.


“It was a good spring game and I’m really happy with the way things went,” the second-year coach said. “I thought both sides did some good things at times. We kept it pretty vanilla. We’re more efficient at throwing and catching the ball. We’re by no means a finished product, but I feel like we’ve improved, certainly from the fall. We’re getting better. I’m happy with the energy and we’ve been solid all spring.”


Kentucky will officially open the 2014 season on August 30 vs. UT-Martin in Commonwealth Stadium with a kickoff time yet to be announced.

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