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Drew Barker is No. 76 in Athlon Sports’ QB rankings


The good people behind Athlon Sports ranked every starting quarterback in college football for 2016 and Kentucky’s Drew Barker came in at No. 76 in the too-much-time-on-their-hands rankings.

The website wonders if Barker can take the next step in his development with Eddie Gran as the team’s offensive coordinator:

76. Drew Barker, Kentucky

New play-caller Eddie Gran should help Kentucky’s offense take a step forward after a disappointing 2015 campaign. The Wildcats averaged only 24.7 points a game last fall but return nine starters for 2016, including big-play running back Boom Williams and a handful of experienced receivers. Barker redshirted in his first year on campus and played in five games in 2015. Patrick Towles led the team with 2,148 passing yards, but Barker completed 35 of 70 throws for 364 yards and one score last year. Can Barker take the next step in his development with Gran at the controls? [Athlon Sports]

Nick Mullens, the Cats’ first opposing quarterback, ranked seventeenth. The Cats will face two other top-25 QBs toward the end of the schedule in Joshua Dobbs and Lamar Jackson.

Here’s where all of the UK’s opposing quarterbacks ranked:

17. Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
81. Luke Del Rio, Florida
111. Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State
84. Brandon McIlwain, South Carolina
49. Cooper Bateman, Alabama
86. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
82. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
87. Drew Lock, Missouri
28. Jacob Eason, Georgia
10. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
15. Lamar Jackson, Louisville

So Barker is better than six (seven including Austin Peay) of the quarterbacks on Kentucky’s schedule, according to Athlon.

Beat those guys and you’re bowling.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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10 Comments for Drew Barker is No. 76 in Athlon Sports’ QB rankings

  1. empiremaker
    12:24 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Would be nice to go bowling, my count is at 5 games season max. I hope we win 7.

    • cats paw
      12:41 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

      no. it would be nice to have a fanbase that expected us to be competitive in the SEC and stopped acting like going to a bowl game (by beating scrub teams) would make Ky relevant.

    • powerK
      12:42 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

      Good thing you can barely count!

    • empiremaker
      1:09 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

      KY relevance meaning what? have a 8+ win season every year? win sec? win chip? We aren’t even at step one i.e. start winning 6 or more games a season. At this stage fan base is only hoping and wishing rather than expecting competitiveness.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    12:39 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Basically, Barker is listed down with the other new or mostly-inexperienced QBs, which is about right in the preseason.

  3. bluesyCat
    12:39 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    I am confident n Barker seeing as he was such a heralded recruit. My real concern seems to be if he goes down for any reason, even for one game, we are really up shits creek. Two untested back-ups could be the difference in going bowling or staying home again.

  4. powerK
    12:41 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Patrick Towles is at 60 – just FYI. I think Barker, with our weapons & running game, will be in the 20’s or 30’s by the end of the year, and ranked in the top 20 next preseason.

    • empiremaker
      1:01 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

      These rankings mean anything at this point? If you have a crystal ball coulda help a brother out with powerball numbers this wednesday?

    • powerK
      2:07 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

      If you’re playing Powerball, you need more help than I can give. That’s just a game for people that are bad at math. Good Luck with it!

  5. Dee
    2:51 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Cutler’s Mustache with the Photo Bomb