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Stephen Johnson on campus today… Is he the next UK QB?

Drew Barker’s role as Kentucky’s starting quarterback may not be as solid as he and many others believed one month ago. Not with the new visitor on campus today.

Stephen Johnson, the JUCO quarterback you’ve heard all about recently, is in Lexington today for his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Interest is very high between both sides and a commitment would not come as a surprise while Johnson is in town.

If he does, he becomes an automatic contender to challenge Barker for the starting job. I’ve talked to several people who have seen the California native play, and they not only expect him to challenge Barker, they like his chances to win the job.

I’m no scout, but he does look very impressive in his highlights on Hudl:

Get in here!

Article written by Drew Franklin

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16 Comments for Stephen Johnson on campus today… Is he the next UK QB?



  1. pithuahua
    10:50 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    This kid is insanely athletic with good feet, outstanding escapability, and a sweet touch on the ball. He could use the time before spring to add a couple pounds.I like what I see!



  2. fatbrat
    11:12 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    I wonder what caveat is associated with this kid? He appears to be too good to be available.



  3. JusSayin
    11:14 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Calm down yall it’s a highlight reel it supposed to make him look good. He’s very good but we are competing with only Arkansas State and Hawaii for a reason.



  4. BluKudzu
    11:24 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    How bad is Drew?
    This guy to compete for the starting job immediately?
    I mean he looks good in the video, but, against who? I saw a bunch of small slow corners, small slow linemen and undersized, slow linebackers.
    This is a kid that was not heavily recruited out of HS, Went to Grambling, got lost in the QB shuffle there, transferred out to JUCO in one of the lowest levels.
    His stats look great and he looks good on film, but he is not playing against Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi State, Louisville, Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Florida, Vanderbilt, Missouri or South Carolina.
    Tap the brakes folks. I too hope he is a great QB, but I also would like to keep it real.



    • AncientOne
      11:37 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

      Amen BluKudzu. Playing against SEC defenses is another world altogether.



    • blueballs80
      2:10 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed. SEC is a different beast



  5. 3 fan
    11:57 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    We are competing with Arkansas STATE for this kid!!! Sure he will commit. And never see the field. Reese Phillips made over



    • DACats86
      6:32 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

      How many more boards are you going to run to to post this? Something personal with the kid, or UK football?



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      7:42 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

      ***TROLL ALERT***



  6. UKfansNKY
    12:16 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Really would like to see this young Man commit we need a dual-threat QB. Come on over the BBN Stephen!!!

    As for you trolls and haters………don’t need your negative-Nancy crap so keep it to yourself and move on!

    GO CATS!!!!



  7. chardun20
    12:40 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    If anything, he could be good for the defense to practice against a true dual threat QB.



  8. Tej
    1:39 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    If Gran and Hinshaw want him, that’s enough. Any depth at this position is a positive.



  9. postfeeder
    1:51 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Hope he has the good sense to stay out of Richmond bars!



  10. Rsn2GoBlu
    4:03 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Well he could make a good scout team QB for when we play UL.



  11. LexJim
    6:54 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    If he commits can he enroll this spring? Otherwise I don’t see his being a potential help next season. Not that we don’t need the depth.



  12. shelby
    8:23 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    This young man needs to be caoable of 3 things:
    1) pushing and challenging Barker for playing time; the last thing Drew needs is to get the starting nod without having to earn it.
    2) providing depth if he doesn’t start, be capable of playing and leading this team if Drew goes down so we can keep the redshirt on Gunner.
    3) providing speed behind center: i think it’d be pretty cool if he’s not the starter but we have a package of plays for this young man to come in and give a change of pace a time or two during certain games.