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Five Quick Reactions From The Press Box

Lots to say about the game today, so let’s get right to it with an immediate reaction…


1) Being a Kentucky football fan is hard.

Like everyone else, I was ready to swear off my loyalty to Kentucky football forever in the first half. The Cats looked awful to start the game and even trailed at halftime to a team picked fifth in the OVC. “This is Kentucky’s year to make the leap and challenge for the East,” we said all summer — yet, there we were, wondering if Eastern Kentucky (EASTERN F-ING KENTUCKY) would upset UK as 33-point dogs in the home opener. It’s a feeling we know all too well, BBN.

Luckily, Kentucky rallied and got the job done in the end. The record says 2-0, as expected, but we can’t pretend we didn’t flirt with disaster Saturday afternoon. We all played the “What if they lose?” game in our minds many times throughout the day. Thank God it didn’t come to that.

2) The Drew Barker debate is officially over.

Stephen Johnson had plenty of critics coming into the game and many fans went as far to say Drew Barker should be Kentucky’s starting quarterback. That argument is officially dead as of today, September 9, 2017.

Johnson played great and made several outstanding throws downfield. Toss in the plays he made with his feet (that TD sure was pretty) and you can no longer say he isn’t deserving of QB1. If you do, you’re lying to yourself.

Hopefully we’re all on the same page now.

3) The defense took a small step back from last week

What happened to the defense we saw at Southern Miss? It came back around in the second half when UK held EKU to only three points, but it was getting picked apart earlier in the game. The Cats somehow made Eastern’s backup QB look like Tom Brady for a drive, which is inexcusable.

Overall, the D got the job done. But it wasn’t perfect by any means. Any other team on the schedule puts up a lot of points in this one.

4) Darius West has been awesome

Couldn’t be happier for Darius West through his first two games as the team’s starting safety. He was on fire down in Hattiesburg last weekend and gave a repeat performance today, tallying 11 tackles for the defense. West is a young man who has been through a lot just to be playing football today, and he is showing a world of potential going forward. It’s safe to call him the MVP of the defense through two games.

5) 2-0 is 2-0

It hasn’t been pretty (it’s even been maddening at times) but undefeated is undefeated and Kentucky is undefeated.

Now let’s go down to South Carolina and beat that ass.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Five Quick Reactions From The Press Box

  1. krautdog
    3:44 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    GREAT GAME-Bring on the Big n Bad SEC!!!

  2. katfan33
    3:55 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    We shouldn’t hear the name Drew Barker for the rest of the season. I can’t believe we were hearing it anyway. Barker still isn’t ready for game action. Great game Stephen!!

    • whatwasthat
      8:43 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

      Have you not seen Drew deep throat a ice cream cone, he definitely is a professional.

  3. catsarerunnin
    3:59 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Drew has that delightful view from the press box because of his journalistic use of sports terms like “beat that ass” in his professional analysis of today’s game….

  4. KYChris
    4:06 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Frustrating win is the way I would describe today. It’s hard to complain about a 2-0 start but it’s not been a pretty start so a lot of us will.
    I do believe the O-line is in trouble though. Looks the same as it has been for the last few years: they cannot protect the QB. Towels, never had the time to stand in the pocket and let the play develop and we see the same with Barker and Johnson. They also look disoriented out there and until the 2nd half, couldn’t establish the rush.
    Last thing, Barker, in my opinion has a better arm than Johnson. With that said, we as fans better pray that Johnson stays healthy because Barker, as a pocket QB, who lacks the ability to scramble to create time to throw or pick up yards with his legs, will get murdered out there. You saw it today.
    Johnson may not be the QB fans want but he’s the QB the team needs to win.
    Go Cats!

  5. JaminTheCoach
    4:11 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Real shame how Drew Franklin neglects to to even mention the fact that Drew Barker’s experience today came in the midst of Snell’s absence, the complete lack of a run game, and a “pin your ears back” period by the EKU defense. Even Johnson didn’t get it going until Snell was back in the game. He’s great as a game manager. He’s not going to lose the game for you, but he won’t win many either. If UK is to take the next step, we can’t do it with just a game manager at QB. I hope I’m proven wrong, because I like Johnson. I think he’s a great kid with outstanding persona, leadership, and ethic. Maybe being pulled for Barker for a series was what he needed to light a fire to do more than just manage the game. We’ll see next week in Columbia. Go Cats.

    • katfan33
      4:37 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

      You have been proven wrong. 9-4 as a starter and beat Louisville.

    • BigBlueMeade
      4:47 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah he was 7-9 and had some good scrambles before he was pulled. Really needed a fire lit under him. Jackass.

    • CATandMONKEY
      5:00 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

      Please just stop.

    • whatchyugot
      7:02 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

      OMG. Is it really that hard to give the kid props. There have been AT LEAST 4 games where we won BECAUSE of SJ’s play more than anyone else’s. He is more than a game manager. His completion percentage is lacking but better in the second half of his tenure. His numbers are pretty good… better than anyone we’ve seen in the past 7 years.

  6. My Dixie Wrecked
    4:26 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Hey, you guys remember that time when Stoops pitched early playing time and the ability to be a hero in the Commonwealth, in order to get Drew Barker to UK? You guys also remember the KSR idiots acting like Barker was the 2nd coming of Christ? Yeah…good times.

  7. chris43
    4:36 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink

    I dread when we get into SEC play…it won’t be pretty.

  8. Daddyof3Ballers
    5:35 pm September 9, 2017 Permalink


  9. RogerW
    1:56 am September 10, 2017 Permalink

    First, SJ deserves the starting spot. He has earned it on the field. Do I see him as a great quarterback, No. Last year with a heck of a running attack, he managed the game quite well. Today, He struggled until Snell started being Snell. A good running attack is going to help any quarterback.

    Now, to Barker. He looked bad, but we are basing this off a few plays He was sacked twice. I am not going to base rather he is a capable quarterback based of these few plays when the O line was not protecting and the running game wasn’t running.

    SJ is the undisputed starter, but I still have hopes that when it is DB’s time he can get it done.