LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops acknowledged a caller’s complaint about not seeing backup quarterback Drew Barker play was a “fair criticism” during his weekly radio show, but he issued a strong vote of confidence in starter Patrick Towles.UK QB Patrick Towles throws an interception during the first half of the University of Kentucky – Eastern Kentucky University football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, October 3, 2015.“Patrick is our starting quarterback,” Stoops said emphatically. “Some day when Drew’s our starting quarterback, he’s going to want that same support from me.”Stoops guaranteed Barker would see the field against Eastern Kentucky during his Monday news conference in advance of the game, but with the Wildcats needing to rally from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the overtime win he never found the right moment to give the redshirt freshman his first collegiate snaps.Towles struggled for much of the first half, completing 10 of 19 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions, but he was key in the Kentucky comeback, completing 19 of 23 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns in the second half.“I guess now in the future I have to say, ‘I hope the opportunity presents itself where I could get Drew in the game,’ because I want to see him play also,” Stoops said. “But the games have been too close.”UK’s Stoops finds some positives in EKU winStoops went as far as to say the outcome might have been different if he had made the quarterback switch against EKU.“If I pull him too early maybe we lose that game,” Stoops said. “There’s probably a high probability we do lose that game just because it’s (Barker’s) first snaps and all those things.”During Kentucky’s 4-1 start to the season, the Wildcats have led by no more than two scores at any point in the fourth quarter.“I wish (Barker) had some snaps, but I can’t look at the game in any of these first five games and tell you what possession we had in any one of those games that wasn’t absolutely critical,” Stoops said. “Every possession is critical in these games. They’ve been very close.”In five games, Towles has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,153 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He sixth in the SEC in passing yards per game and seventh in the league in completion percentage.While Towles has battled inconsistency for long stretches in the first five games, Stoops declined to place all the plan on the fourth-year junior.“Sure he wants to be more consistent, but our team needs to be more consistent,” Stoops said. “It wasn’t him that put the ball on the ground the first possession of the game either, so there’s things that happen. It’s not always him.“As I said after the Florida game, it’s always easy to put the bullseye on the quarterback. Put it on the head coach. That’s what they pay for me: to take the criticism. The players, I like to stay away from that. We’re all going to be held accountable, and those players are. In our meetings he understands that he needs to play better, but he’s done some awfully good things and led us to some victories in some close games.”Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .