Within a few minutes of getting his degree from the University of Kentucky on Friday afternoon, former Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles announced plans to play his final season of college football at Boston College.
Towles, a 22-game starter for Kentucky who finished his career with 5,447 yards of total offense, lost his starting job to Drew Barker for the final two games of the season.
“Just kind of felt right, I fell in love with their coaches from the first time I met them,” Towles said of Boston College on his brother’s YouTube show.
“Being on their campus and being Catholic and being at a Catholic college was extremely important to me. They play in a really tough conference in the ACC.”
Towles, who said as a “change of pace” he will wear jersey No. 8 in Boston, will start graduate school in the spring and is pondering a theology major.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback from Fort Thomas announced plans to transfer just one day after the Cats’ season ended with a loss to Louisville.
“The last four years have been ones that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life,” he said. “Although I wish my time here in Lexington could have ended another way, I'm eternally grateful.”
Towles finished his Kentucky career with 5,099 yards passing and 29 touchdowns to 19 interceptions in 22 starts. His final passing percentage was 56.3 (427 for 759). He also rushed for nearly 353 career yards and 11 touchdowns.
Towles’ 5,447 yards of total offense put him sixth all-time for total offense at Kentucky behind Jared Lorenzen (10,637), Andre Woodson (8,870), Tim Couch (8,160), Mike Hartline (5,660) and Bill Ransdell (5,456).
The senior graduated Friday afternoon with a degree in political science and will be able to play right away at Boston College.
In a sit-down interview Tuesday, UK Coach Mark Stoops called the split with the quarterback “amicable.”
“He grew up wanting to be a Wildcat,” Stoops said. “I wanted to give him that opportunity, and he gave us everything he had. We tried to do the very best for him as well.”
Stoops acknowledged that it would have created an uncomfortable dynamic if Towles had returned to Kentucky for his final season of eligibility.
“For him to come back and be a backup to Drew now, it would just be a little bit of — I don’t want to use the word dissension — it would just be a little uneasy for both of them,” he said.
Stoops said he wishes Towles the “very best.”
As schools have inquired about his former starting quarterback, the coach said he’s been complimentary of Towles.
“I’ve told every person that’s called I believe he’ll play on Sundays,” Stoops said. “He has that kind of arm and that kind of ability.”