Spring practice displayed the obvious progress he made during his redshirt season ... Coaches said he took advantage of the year by improving his fundamentals, most notably his footwork and the quickness of his release ... Was projected to redshirt in 2012 as a true freshman but was pressed into service when injuries struck at quarterback ... Has good size and a strong arm ... Grandson of Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher and former United States Senator.
2013 (Sophomore): Redshirt season. 2012 (Freshman): Played in five games ... Completed 19 of 40 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown ... First career drive against Mississippi State was impressive, completing 5-of-5 passes for 71 yards, capped by a 32-yard TD pass ... Completed 4-of-6 passes for 47 yards in the win over Samford. High School: Named to the Parade magazine All-America team ... "Mr. Football" for the Commonwealth of Kentucky ... Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky ... Won the Paul Hornung Award as the Kentucky Player of the Year ... Finalist for the National Scholar-Athlete Award by the National Football Foundation ... Big, strong-armed quarterback who also has notable running ability ... Led Highlands HS to three consecutive state championships as the starting quarterback, Class AAAA as a senior and Class AAAAA as a sophomore and junior ... Team compiled a three-year record of 44-1, including 38-1 with Towles as the starter ... As a senior completed 171 of 279 passes (61.3 percent) for 3,820 yards with 42 touchdowns and only one interception ... Also rushed for 589 yards and 15 TDs ... Career totals feature 7,429 passing yards and 73 touchdown passes while rushing for 1,718 yards and 38 TDs ... The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky and one of the top-10 pro-style quarterbacks in the country by Rivals.com and 24/7 Sports ... Athleticism is such that ESPN rated his college position as "athlete" instead of quarterback ... Coached by Dale Mueller ... Highlands' quarterbacks coach was former UK QB Jared Lorenzen ... Also played basketball, in which he earned all-region, and track and field, competing in the high jump ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Math tutor for elementary-school students. Personal: Born in Bellevue, Ky. ... Last name is pronounced "TOLES" ... Son of Terry and Amy Towles ... Strong arms are in Patrick's heritage as he is the grandson of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (and United States Senator) Jim Bunning ... Patrick's uncle, Jim Bunning Jr., played football at Indiana ... Patrick's brother, Thomas, played baseball at Transylvania ... Major is political science. Community Cats: Participated with the Big Blue U Move-In (2012) and events with God's Pantry (2013) and Beaumont Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2013). Patrick Says ... My nickname is: Patty Ice ... I wear uniform number 14 because: my grandfather wore it ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: Jordan Swindle ... I couldn't live without my: God ... My hidden talent is: harmonica ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: going to school with my sister.