Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced after yesterday’s spring game that the Wildcats would roll with soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Drew Barker over Stephen Johnson as their starting quarterback in 2016.
However, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran implied that Johnson may still have a small opening to usurp Barker, a former four-star recruit from the Cincinnati area, as the starter.
“I think each week he got better. I really do. In those four or five weeks he just kept continuing to get better,” Gran said regarding Barker. “And Stephen Johnson is pushing him. I think that helped more than anything else. And Stephen’s still competing for that job, but going out of the spring Drew is our starting quarterback. He earned it, but it’s wonderful to have another guy like that behind him that’s competing.
Barker himself mentioned that he was excited about winning the job, but noted that there was “still work to be done” on his end. He started Kentucky’s final two games last season, completing 50 percent of his passes for 364 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions as the Wildcats finished 5-7 (2-6 SEC).
Hopefully, Barker improves enough in the months leading up to the season that he is able to take the Wildcats even more forward in the SEC.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports