Kentucky got the win over Eastern Kentucky today, but the question on many of our minds is why in the world the coaching staff decided to play Drew Barker to start the second quarter when Stephen Johnson was playing just fine. Mark Stoops was asked that following the game and told reporters the plan was to play Drew early on regardless of what happened.
“We said that we were going to play him in the third series, no matter what,” Stoops said, explaining that the staff needed to see how Barker would react in a live situation. “We have to. We did the same thing last year when Stephen was the backup because you’re one play away from playing. And sure enough, Stephen was playing. We had to get Drew back out there and get his confidence up and get him playing and get him some snaps and see what he can do.”
Whatever the intent, it failed. Barker was 1-2 for five yards and was sacked twice for a loss of 15. After two series with Drew at quarterback, Stephen came back in and marched the team down the field for a touchdown. Quarterback controversy over.