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Drew Barker still listed as the starting quarterback on the new depth chart

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Despite going down with a back injury and being taken to the hospital for evaluation, sophomore Drew Barker is still listed as the starting quarterback on Kentucky’s latest depth chart. Even if Barker is 100% healthy — still no word on his condition — many believe that backup Stephen Johnson should be the starter vs. South Carolina on Saturday after ably stepping up in Barker’s absence. Johnson completed 17 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions, and also carried the ball ten times for 51 yards. Regardless, Barker is listed as the starter.

Here’s the rest of the depth chart, which has zero changes on offense:

OFFENSE

Left Tackle

74 Cole Mosier, 6-6, 335, Jr-2L

67 Landon Young, 6-7, 305, Fr-HS

Left Guard

68 Nick Haynes, 6-3, 316, Jr-2L

71 Logan Stenberg, 6-6, 318, Fr-RS

Center

72 Jon Toth, 6-5, 310, Sr-3L

65 Jervontius Stallings, 6-3, 318, So-Sq

Right Guard

69 Ramsey Meyers, 6-4, 305, Jr-2L

65 Jervontius Stallings, 6-3, 318, So-Sq

Right Tackle

73 Kyle Meadows, 6-5, 300 Jr-2L

64 George Asafo-Adjei, 6-5, 315, So-1L

Tight End

87 C.J. Conrad, 6-5, 245, So-1L

85 Greg Hart, 6-5, 245, Jr-Tr

Wide Receiver

13 Jeff Badet, 6-0, 180, Jr-2L

19 Kayaune Ross, 6-6, 225, So-JC

or 6 Blake Bone, 6-5, 213, Jr-2L

Wide Receiver

1 Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 198, Sr-3L

31 David Bouvier, 5-9, 171, So-Sq

Wide Receiver

9 Garrett Johnson, 5-11, 175, Jr-2L

88 Charles Walker, 5-11, 203, Jr-2L

Wide Receiver

2 Dorian Baker, 6-3, 208, Jr-2L

80 Tavin Richardson, 6-3, 216, Fr-RS

8 Jabari Greenwood, 6-3, 195, Fr-RS

Quarterback

7 Drew Barker, 6-3, 225, So-1L

15 Stephen Johnson, 6-2, 183, Jr-JC

Running Back

18 Stanley “Boom” Williams, 5-9, 196, Jr-2L

3 Jojo Kemp, 5-10, 200, Sr-3L

26 Benny Snell Jr., 5-11, 220, Fr-HS

Fullback

48 Will Tom Collins, 5-11, 241, Sr-1L

49 Tanner Fink, 6-2, 251, Sr-Sq

SPECIALISTS

Kicker

99 Austin MacGinnis, 5-10, 180, Jr-2L

95 Miles Butler, 5-9, 171, So-1L

Punter

86 Grant McKinniss, 6-1, 210, Fr-HS

or 93 Bryan Kirshe, 6-0, 150, So-Sq

Long Snapper

42 Tristan Yeomans, PS, 6-2, 190, So-JC

53 Blake Best, FG, PAT, 6-1, 246, Fr-RS

Punt Return

88 Charles Walker, 5-11, 203, Jr-2L

1 Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 198, Sr-3L

Kickoff Return

22 Sihiem King, 5-9, 172, So-1L

13 Jeff Badet, 6-0, 180, Jr-2L

Holder

42 Tristan Yeomans, 6-2, 190, So-JC

86 Grant McKinniss, 6-1, 210, Fr-HS

DEFENSE

Strongside Linebacker

41 Josh Allen, 6-5, 230, So-1L

47 Jordan Bonner, 6-5, 220, So-JC

Defensive Tackle

99 Adrian Middleton, 6-3, 303, So-1L

98 Tymere Dubose, 6-5, 320, So-1L

Nose Guard

69 Matt Elam, 6-7, 360, Jr-2L

77 Naquez Pringle, 6-3, 320, Jr-JC

Defensive End

94 Courtney Miggins, 6-5, 285, Sr-1L

92 Alvonte Bell, 6-5, 260, Jr-JC

Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker

35 Denzil Ware, 6-2, 255, So-1L

44 De’Niro Laster, 6-4, 241, Jr-Tr

Nickelback

24 Blake McClain, 5-11, 200, Sr-3L

5 Kendall Randolph, 6-0, 182, Jr-2L

Middle Linebacker

51 Courtney Love, 6-2, 242, Jr-Tr

56 Kash Daniel, 6-1, 241, Fr-HS

Weakside Linebacker

34 Jordan Jones, 6-2, 220, So-1L

32 Eli Brown, 6-2, 215, Fr-RS

Cornerback

29 Derrick Baity, 6-3, 182, So-1L

3 Jordan Griffin, 6-0, 177, Fr-HS

or Davonte Robinson, 6-2, 187, Fr-HS

Cornerback

21 Chris Westry, 6-4, 195, So-1L

11 J.D. Harmon, 6-2, 200, Sr-3L

Strong Safety

27 Mike Edwards, 6-0, 200, So-1L

5 Kendall Randolph, 6-0, 182, Jr-2L

Free Safety

24 Blake McClain, 5-11, 200, Sr-3L

or 15 Marcus McWilson, 6-0, 210, Sr-3L

 

Will Barker really start or is Stoops playing mind games ahead with Muschamp? We’ll bring you his comments in about an hour.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Drew Barker still listed as the starting quarterback on the new depth chart



  1. Bozferatu
    11:08 am September 19, 2016 Permalink

    I can understand not starting Johnson at the beginning of the season, he’s a JUCO kid going against the QB of the future. At this point though, the pressure has jumped to 10 for Barker. He doesn’t exactly have the best record performing when under duress.



  2. W1ldCats4Life
    11:33 am September 19, 2016 Permalink

    And if Barker is actually the starter coming back against USC….this is further proof the staff is clueless on how to fix things. Nothing against Barker, but the kid has been a deer in headlights for 6 qtrs and was showing the same trend to start the game against NMSU.

    The game is much different at this level, the lights are brighter, and the pressure to perform is much greater than anything he has seen at the high school level. Right now he’s not shown anything to make anyone believe he can handle the pressure….most of that is on him….some falls on the coaches and other offensive players for lack of execution.

    All that being said…we had a new version of “Stevie got loose”!!! Don’t hold him back now.



  3. Bozferatu
    11:52 am September 19, 2016 Permalink

    This is also a bad personnel decision…

    Nose Guard

    69 Matt Elam, 6-7, 360, Jr-2L

    77 Naquez Pringle, 6-3, 320, Jr-JC

    Pringle isn’t a stud but he at least comes of the ball with a good blow delivery and decent pad level. How does Elam’s brand of stand up and lean on the guy beat out actual technique?



  4. runningunnin.454
    12:07 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    If Barker starts the next game, there’s going to be friction on the team. I suspect that may have been a problem all along.



  5. RealCatsFan
    12:12 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    How big of a hole will Barker have to dig for us with interceptions and QB sacks before Stoops puts Johnson in to try to undo the damage?



  6. andrew88
    12:22 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Drew Barker is awful. The coaches apparently don’t want to keep any of that offensive momentum from Saturday.



  7. Patches
    12:42 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Can ANYONE tell me when Barker has helped this team since he has been here? This is the most clueless coaching staff ever.



    • Billy Hill
      4:07 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      Talk about the pot calling the kettle black….



  8. AndTheDevil
    12:42 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Anytime you can go with the guy who’s thrown more interceptions than TDs, you DO IT!! WHY NOT?!?!



  9. Tej
    12:43 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Barker can’t be “awful” since he was determined to be the starter before the season. No matter how down on this staff people are, I think Eddie Gran and Hinshaw knew what they were doing. How quickly people turn on a kid. The first half against Sou Miss was super. He, and everyone else on the team, was bad at Fla. But, to call Barker “awful” is awful.



    • Bozferatu
      12:51 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      My issue with Barker, which he has had since last season, he doesn’t seem to be able to hold it together after getting hit. I’m sure in practice, no live contact for QBs, he looks great and Gran and Hinshaw can’t seem to figure out why this kid can’t keep it together in the game. Until Barker can play without getting that deer in headlights look, I don’t know how you start him.



  10. jayiron11
    12:55 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    The same idiots that comment on practically every KSR post are the same ones who were saying Drew Barker was the saviour last year over Patrick Towles. Now the same morons are saying bench Barker. As you can see BBN has a specific issue of idiot football fans who think they are 8ntelligent enough to coach football at any level. Your KSR commenting morons are embarrassing.



  11. Piedma Schwartz
    1:07 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Of course he is, he’s Stoops boy. Why would stoops run off Towles and Phillips just to name Johnson the starter in week 4?



  12. TWhite
    1:23 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Everybody can’t assume that because Johnson had one good game, against New Mexico St., that he is the answer. But one thing he does provide is mobility behind an offensive line that is very suspect. Barker may be the better quarterback, but if he doesn’t have time to throw, or the mobility or pocket awareness to extend plays, it doesn’t matter. Can’t say bench Barker he sucks because we really haven’t seen enough yet to know. He had one bad game. Not a great start Saturday, but if his back is hurt, an overthrow over the middle could be expected. But it is safe to say, for the 5th year in a row, we have a quarterback controversy.



  13. Kindergarten Cop
    2:00 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Lets pump the brakes. I would say that Barker is still hurt anyway and Stoops just wants to let South Carolina think that we will start him. He wants to let them game plan for both. My bet is that Johnson will start and play the whole game. Barker probably wont even play. That being said. Lets have a look at Johnson against South Carolina before we are ready to hand him the keys.



  14. KYcats11
    3:35 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    I like both a lot. I hope they start johnson and if he starts playing bad, then givery the keys to barker, don’t know why you would mess with momentum. However, this could be to trick SC because they probably look at these things.



  15. BluKudzu
    10:04 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Trust me, this next game will be decided by DEFENSE. I would be more worried about that. Let’s be glad we have options at QB. NMSU is neither close to the talent level of Fla or USM. Johnson had a great game. Let’s see what happens against USC, before we proclaim him the second coming of Cam Newton, or banning Barker from the locker room.
    I will say this, Barker has a lot of work to do yet, to get rid of his “headcase” tag. He is young and has much more growing up to do before he can be considered an SEC QB.



  16. 206Bones
    6:34 am September 20, 2016 Permalink

    Who makes that call: CMS or EG?