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.”