Former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering (a name you’ll never forget, unfortunately) is now an analyst with the SEC Network and he recently did a segment in which he predicted whether or not the returning quarterbacks of the SEC will “fall short” or “exceed expectations” in 2017.
When it came time to look ahead to Stephen Johnson’s second year at Kentucky, Doering was critical of Johnson’s decision-making in his prediction of a “fall short” season.
“He’ll fall short in my opinion, and this is the one I’m most worried about,” Doering said. “I think this was a situation last year, where he came in and was kind of the guy everyone rallied around; was great off the play-action pass; was great throwing the ball deep; but this spring, really had a hard time throwing the ball, making a decision, was very hesitant in the pocket and I think he is thinking too much right now.”
See Doering’s analysis of all returning SEC quarterbacks in the clip below:
A.) If Johnson isn’t getting it done early, the staff will not hesitate to turn to Drew Barker. Both have reportedly had great preseason camps, so Kentucky’s QB situation is in good hands entering the season.
B.) Doering’s prediction for Johnson isn’t in line with his prediction for Kentucky, unless he expects Barker to take over. Doering recently predicted Kentucky will win nine games for the first time since 1983. “I’m high on Kentucky,” he said. “Kentucky getting to a bowl game last year was quite a feat for them. I think this is a team that can win nine games because of their schedule, because of their depth of talent.”
C.) Big Blue Nation still isn’t over his game-winning catch in 1993.