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Freddie Maggard thinks the Barker commitment is huge, but preaches patience

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Friday was a big day for UK football. You know that. I know that. Even UK great Freddie Maggard knows that. In a conversation with Larry Vaught, the former Kentucky quarterback spoke about the Barker commitment, as well as the significance of keeping players like him and Jason Hatcher in-state. Each of those commitments, Maggard said, are indicative of a new staff that “comes in and closes.”


What separates Barker from those two, though, is his early commitment to the program. Because of that, he’ll be able to play a larger role in recruiting (see: earlier Braxton Berrios post). Said Maggard on Barker’s role going forward:


“A successful class usually has a vocal leader within its ranks… A nationally-known recruit such as Barker can help sell the UK program to his peers. Today, they all talk to each other. Having an influential leader that is totally committed is like having another coach on the road recruiting.”


And as to those Tim Couch comparisons?


“Those are huge shoes to fill. I do think with this coaching staff, he’ll develop into the best Drew Barker he can be. That should be good enough.”


You heard the man. Drew Barker might just end up changing this program, both through his play and recruiting ability, but let’s put the Tim Couch comparisons on ice for a little. He was the No. 1 overall pick after all.


Tempered expectations aside though, no matter how you slice it, Drew Barker’s commitment was a banner day for the Cats. Just ask Freddie Maggard.



[Larry Vaught: Former Kentucky QB thinks Drew Barker’s commitment will impact UK football]



Article written by Andrew McCarthy

7 Comments for Freddie Maggard thinks the Barker commitment is huge, but preaches patience

  1. Gcarter
    4:32 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    this guy is going to be better than tim couch ever thought about being

  2. Couch Potato
    4:39 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    @1-Time will tell. Couch didn’t have to think about being good he knew he was. Hope DB has the same mindset.

  3. Wall2Cousins
    4:39 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    WOW….as a

  4. kes
    4:40 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    i hope drew does well, but you guys are seriously over rating him. i have watched he and pat towles since pee wee, and at the same time in their careers ( through junior year of H.S,) towles was WAY BETTER!. JUST SAYIN!

  5. Jrock1966
    6:46 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    Freddie Maggard was great? Really?

  6. MaggardFaninPikeville
    8:16 am May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hey jrock1966

    How many games did you start for UK? Yeah. What I thought. Freddie was Drew Barker/Tim Couch of his day, was highly recruited, and was seen as instrumental in helping land other players UK coveted as well due to him being so highly sought. This was a guy UT wanted when they were in the same ozone as Bama, UGA, AU, etc. Won some good games at UK, played through some bad injuries, etc. I agree with him, let’s let Drew Barker be the best Drew Barker he can be and see where the chips fall. No need to diss Maggard. Gawd, the keyboard warriors on these sites never fail to amaze me.

  7. Jrock1966
    12:08 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Your comments all are probably true and I’m sure Freddie Maggard put in much sweat, dedication, and work during his time at UK. But I base “greatness” off of someone’s performance and not potential. Tim Couch & Sonny Collins are a couple of players I would call great…..not someone I saw play in one game on television against Auburn in the late 80’s. Mr. McCarthy’s use of the term “great” is a bit over the top in this article no matter how much you like Freddie Maggard. I guess my definition of great is different than yours MaggardFaninPikeville. Have a good day.