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Video: Phillips sheds light on QB situation with Towles trying to return

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For the second day in a row, freshman Patrick Towles participated in practice. Head coach Joker Phillips said Towles was not quite as crisp throwing the ball on Wednesday as he was on Tuesday, but some uneven performances are to be expected in light of the fact that he has not practiced in more than two weeks.

Phillips did say that Towles moved around in and out of the pocket better than he did on Tuesday after consulting with the training staff and taking off an air cast he was wearing on his ankle.

With Towles looking more likely to be ready for Saturday's game at Missouri, Phillips discussed how quarterback snaps will be divided. He said it would be "pretty similar to the Mississippi State game" when Whitlow started and played the first two series before Towles came in for the next three.

Senior Morgan Newton, who played quarterback extensively in the red zone against Georgia, won't be completely phased out of the rotation either.

"We'll still have a little small package for him, try to get him involved also," Phillips said. "It gives those young guys a chance to step away if they're struggling or, a lot of times on the road, gives them a chance for it to slow down for them."

In other injury news, senior safety Martavius Neloms (hamstring) was limited in practice but is still working to return to action. Senior safety Mikie Benton "did a little bit more" than Neloms and freshman offensive lineman Zach West did not practice. If West is unable to play, Teven Eatmon-Nared will start in his place.

Here's video of Phillips' post-practice comments on Wednesday.



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