In its 27th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Patrick T. as its 2011-2012 Gatorade Kentucky Football Player of the Year.
The Kentucky Wildcat commit threw for 3,637 yards and 41 touchdowns through the regular season and four playoff games, leading the undefeated Bluebirds to this weekend's 4A state championship game against Franklin-Simpson. Towles also poses a threat on the ground, rushing for 467 yards and 14 TDs in 14 games.
In addition to his football prowess, Towles excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.47 GPA, according to his Gatorade/ESPNHS profile.
Towles took over as the starting quarterback three seasons ago, leading Highlands to state 5A championships his sophomore and junior years. Former University of Kentucky signal caller Jared Lorenzen serves as the Bluebirds quarterback coach.
"He's just an all around better quarterback than I was at this level. Going in to my senior year, I wasn't sure what I was going to be and he is. He's a runner if he has to be but he's out there the same way I was, to make plays," he said.
Retired U.S. Senator Jim Bunning is Towles' grandfather.