LEXINGTON, Ky (WYMT) - University of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles took to social media Sunday afternoon to announce that he plans to "transfer to play my fifth year at another university." He posted a photo of him on Instagram, with a lengthy caption saying,
"I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for giving me the opportunity to achieve my childhood dream of playing quarterback for the WildCats. The last four years have been ones that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. Although I wish my time here in Lexington could have ended another way, I'm eternally grateful. I've decided to transfer to play my fifth year at another university. Thank you to Coach Stoops, Coach Dawson, Mitch Barnhart, my teammates, the Big Blue Nation and the entire Kentucky Athletics Department for allowing me to achieve my lifelong dream. I will truly bleed blue til the day I die."
This announcement comes after the Wildcats lost to the University of Louisville Saturday 38-24, ending Kentucky's season with a final record of 5-7.
Towles is a redshirt-junior from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and attended Highlands for high school.
“I thank Patrick for everything he’s done for our team,” Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops said. “I understand his decision and support him. He truly gave everything he had and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Towles started the first 10 games of the 2015 season. His season totals featured 183 completions in 326 attempts (56.1 percent) for 2,148 yards and nine touchdowns. Towles’ career totals include 427 completions in 759 attempts (56.3 percent) for 5,099 yards and 24 TDs. He rushed for 353 net yards and 11 touchdowns.
Towles will complete his degree in political science in December. He has one season of eligibility remaining.