Drew Barker knows he made three costly turnovers in Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to Southern Miss, but he also knows the offense did a lot of good things, too. After today’s practice, he said he has to work on making smarter decisions and being more patient with the football in order to avoid making similar mistakes against Florida and anyone else. However, he and his teammates have since moved on from the defeat and they are looking forward to Game 2 in Gainesville.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Barker told reporters of his first career road start. “I’m really excited. The Swamp is one of the best places to play in all of college football, so it should be really exciting. I’m looking forward to it. We had a great day of practice out here and I feel like everyone’s ready to go. I haven’t seen any negative effects from this past Saturday so I feel we’ll be ready to go this week.”
“We really just moved on,” he continued. “We know we lost. We know there’s nothing we can do to change it so we might as well just not sit their and sulk about it — we might as well come out here and work. We know we got an awesome opportunity on national TV this Saturday, so it definitely gets you motivated to come out and get ready for the next game.”
Barker said the Cats will have a great opportunity to pull off the upset if they stick to the fundamentals and do all that the coaches ask of them. They’re practicing hard and they’re still confident they can make big plays like they did in the first half of the opener.
See all of Barker’s comments below in the video from UKAthletics.com: