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Stoops: Plan was to play Drew Barker “no matter what”


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.

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10 responses to “Stoops: Plan was to play Drew Barker “no matter what””

  1. luke_emberton

    that sounds like a stupid plan “no matter what”

  2. kenny

    New plan: don’t play drew barker, no matter what

  3. Trueblue7

    How about the idea of canceling the plan, especially when there was no call for it. Sounds like a coach on training wheels.

  4. Bozferatu

    I’d rather play Barker against EKU to kick the tires than anyone else on the schedule. Safest bet. It ticked me off during the game, but now that it’s over and we won… I get it.

  5. david8577

    The only quarterback controversy we have is, who is QB2?

  6. runningunnin.454

    Football is kind of like boxing; you go in with a plan…..then you get hit.
    Plans have to change.

  7. rem392

    Most people posting on here don’t know sh#t about football but at least they are fans who care. I think it is great idea for to put the back up quarterback in for a series in during the first half. It gives the back up some experience in case of injury to the starter. Several teams have done this over the years. I think that this is an outstanding idea, no matter who the players are, not just this year, but every year.

    1. BBNDan7

      Do you know sh*t about football? That’s a terrible plan when you are losing

  8. WizardWCN

    with Barker coming off a season ending injury, you want to get him in for some real time action to see if he can hold up. It would be a shame to go 6 games into the season with him getting backup reps, and then SJ go down with an injury, and Barker come in and gets hurt on the first play because he wasn’t healed from his back injury, or he is gun shy after being injured, and you wasted all those 2nd string reps on a QB that can no longer play live football. also Barker needed to shake the rust off.

    1. krautdog

      By the way, FYI-Jeff Badet might be #2 on the depth chart@his position but he played like #1 last night. Congrats to the young man for making the right decision for him!