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.