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ESPN Names Barker a “program-saving quarterback”

The hype train for young Drew Barker continues to roll along and today it’s ESPN getting on board. Edward Aschoff took a look today at some of the SEC programs that have been in a valley and potential players that could help turn things around. Drew Barker joined Florida’s Jeff Driskel and Arkansas’ Brandon Allen on the list and the worldwide leader had this to say about the product of Conner High:

Drew Barker, Fr., Kentucky: While he will still be in the thick of a heated competition with redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles this fall, there’s no question that Barker is being viewed by most as the future of Kentucky’s program. The future could be sooner than later if he continues develop through fall camp. Barker being the guy doesn’t mean the Wildcats will make it back to a bowl game this season, but it could start the wheels in motion for this program to rebound. That’s a lot for a true freshman to take in, but he signed up for this.

The hopes of Kentucky football have been placed on what Drew Barker might develop into and this article isn’t saying anything we haven’t heard before. The thing about Barker, like ESPN said, is that he has signed up for that role and embraced it. While Patrick may be the guy for this year or beyond there is still a feeling that eventually the keys of the program are going to be handed to Drew. Maybe even this fall.

For a guy that should still be sitting in AP History right now it’s a lot to live up to. Have we learned from basketball and feel all the hype is too much? Or do you think all the recruiting and results at camps have justified it?

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Article written by Andrew Cassady

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4 Comments for ESPN Names Barker a “program-saving quarterback”

  1. Duuuuuude
    7:11 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    I think the best thing Towles has done or will do is to improve the image of the program and recruit elite players into the program. Barker may help the team by lifting the play of Towles and helping build the program and not take a snap for two seasons.

  2. Woohop1
    7:36 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    As much as many or most of all of BBN would love to see Barker as QB this coming year,I say no….not now. The team talent level that would be the best support for Barker is two years away. Starting him now is a recipe for potential disaster of the same scenario that Couch experienced with the Browns. Let’s go with Towles and then Phillips as first off the bench and hold Barker unless something disastrous happens that necessitates the need for a third QB. That would allow for a RS at year’s end and provide Barker a 4 year opportunity to lead the team when our best recruits are Juniors and Seniors. He will then be a seasoned player who can lead us to the top of the conference!!

  3. Luther
    7:53 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Red-shirt Barker for this season. Period…

  4. Bill
    8:22 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    We are of the same mind Woohop1 and Luther … at least on preparing Barker.