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Dawson Believes Barker is Ready

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Dawson likes what He Sees in Drew Barker

It’s no secret that Kentucky couldn’t throw the ball much in the wintry elements against Charlotte.  Despite the way the game went, Shannon Dawson saw two things from Barker that were encouraging: he did well on 3rd-and-medium and when things broke down, he kept the play alive.  This week Barker has played loose.  He isn’t worried about Barker’s freshman nerves getting the best of him.

“He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s a competitive kid. He’s ready.”

Barker isn’t looking back at last year’s pregame scuffle.  He’s focused on being comfortable in the pocket and adjusting to the speed of the game.

A Worry for the O-Line

Jon Schlarman said the one thing the offensive line needs to be better at is handling the twists/stunts from the defensive line.  This came not 10 minutes after Shannon Dawson said that what UofL does best defensively is being active and disruptive on the defensive line with twists/stunts.  Hopefully they’ve learned how to handle it better this week or Barker will be dodging defenders all afternoon.

UK’s Offense is Used to Good Defenses

UofL’s defense has allowed a lot of points over the last two games, but throughout the year they’ve been one of the best in the country.  For some opponents, it might be a tall task, but Kentucky has gone up against a Top 20 defense just about every week.  “If we’re not used to this by now, you’re crazy.”  

Zach West Hopes the Seniors can Leave a Legacy with a Win

There aren’t too many guys left on the team that came to UK with West and Swindle as freshmen.  They’ve been through a lot together, but West believes they can be the ones that officially make the transition into the next era of Kentucky football.  The difference between when he got here and now?

“We’ve got guys on this team that believe they can win games, and that wasn’t the case when we first got here.  When Stoops first came here and he asked how many guys thought we could win the SEC Championship, I bet maybe a handful of guys raised their hand.  That’s different now.  Now the whole room’s gonna raise their hand.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Dawson Believes Barker is Ready



  1. claydwildcat
    8:27 pm November 24, 2015 Permalink

    Hope we win but Baker is not as good as Towles. Sad Barkers buddie quit running routes and blocking on the edges for Towles. I would suspend them all! Players just can’t undermine a coach like that. Not looking for argument on here but I think Barker will throw two pick 6s if he plays the whole game. Our best chance is Towles with the team behind him. Unfortunately they are not and the offensive line can’t pass block at all!



    • leon singleton
      8:34 pm November 24, 2015 Permalink

      Towles has proved he is not worth a damn.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:49 am November 25, 2015 Permalink

      We are going to run it down UofLol’s throats….



  2. psacatfan
    9:06 pm November 24, 2015 Permalink

    If Schlarman’s OL doesn’t do any better than they have been doing all season, both he and Dawson should be given their walking papers. This OL is horrible and Schlarman’s had 3 years to work with them and this is the best he can do. And if the play calling had been even a little better earlier in the year we wouldn’t have to win this game for a bowl bid.



  3. claydwildcat
    9:27 pm November 24, 2015 Permalink

    Towels hasn’t had a chance with that crap line. Towles has prob gotten frustrated by it. During spring and summer Towles was a great deal better. I hope I am wrong but I think fans are going to be disappointed with barker, even with guys running the right routes and blocking for him.



  4. UoKFB PHAN
    12:17 am November 25, 2015 Permalink

    You and I are almost on the same page. The number one problem this year has been the OL. Yes, Schlarman has had three year but if you look at the latest depth chart 3 of the 5 starting linemen only have one year of experience. As for the players listed in the 2 deep, 2 of the 5 also have only one year of experience while a third, George Asafo-Adjei is a true freshman. Of the linemen that have one year of experience, it would be interesting how much game experience they got last year.

    I think we’ve got enough size and talent across the line but I don’t know if they’ve really had enough actual game time. Yes, coaching plays an extremely important part but so does going through a full season in the SEC. If by the middle of next season the OL is still at the same level then I am TOTALLY with you and Stoops needs to be looking for a new OL coach. (I’m wondering if Mike Summers might consider leaving Florida and returning home to Lexington. He has over 30 years of coaching experience and has spent the last two years recruiting in Florida.)

    I think you have a good point on the play calling but I think if the receivers actually make 4 or 5 more catches in both the Auburn and Vandy games we are sitting at 7 and 4. Just my thoughts… but Stoops really needs to keep a close eye on the OL play and development.