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A glimpse into the future

Photo by Scott Davis

Photo by Scott Davis

Photo by Scott Davis

While a 1-6 record isn’t pretty, the future remains bright for Kentucky Football. Need some proof? Check out this picture of Mark Stoops and Neal Brown, who went to Drew Barker’s game last night. Barker threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns in Conner’s win over Scott High, and ran one in as well.

That smile says it all.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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41 Comments for A glimpse into the future

  1. Poppschmidty
    9:41 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Do you think he went to a high school game just to remember what it’s like to smile on the sideline? Ha! I kid! I love where this program is heading, we all just got caught up in the hype and might’ve expected too much too soon. Stoops and his crew will be just fine, and remember we’re UK 7-5 makes us happy and gets us to a bowl, so it’s not that far out of reach. Go Cats!

  2. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:52 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    If UK had “average” QB play this year they would have the possiblity to win several games. I would not be surprised if niether QB playing for UK this year play QB next year. You can not have a “air raid” offense passing for 110 yards.

  3. Poppschmidty
    9:55 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    I agree, but we as fans have to understand that none of the guys on the current roster were recruited to play air raid offense.

  4. schwing
    9:59 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    actually they’re just staring at the cheerleaders. drew barker can’t save this train wreck.

    10:01 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    #4 spot on haha

  6. Marion County
    10:14 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Barker will mot likely start next year. We would have beat Miss St with Barker at the helm for sure! i have never been so excited about a 1-6 football team.

  7. Yeah it's me
    10:24 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    All this stuff about Drew Barker being the next big QB for us scares me. I’ve seen him play, and I just don’t see it. There are certain guys you watch where they are just so much better than others around them. This kid – to me – just doesn’t look like an SEC quarterback right out of the gate.

  8. James
    10:31 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Stoops kind of looks like Darth Vader with his helmet off in Return of the Jedi.

  9. Catfan30
    10:38 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    #7 I think I’ll take the opinions of the people who put on the elite11 camp. They seem to think this kid is going to be big time and so does the staff. I’ll take their views of yours no disrespect to u. I think this kid will be a stud sooner rather then later. For next year the QB will be a battle between Jalen, Towles , and Barker. I believe Max’s days at QB are done. His arm is shot he can make any of the throws anymore. If we had an average QB this year we would of won more games. Keep the faith the tide is turning. In Stoops we trust!!!!

  10. niaps
    10:38 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    A SEC team needs an experienced quarterback to run the team. If your a freshman you better be exceptional to start. Barker is good but hardly exceptional. Starting him next year would be a mistake. We will be hamstrung with the same dismal quarterback play we have had this year and the same dismal play calling of Brown at OC. This team is 3 or more years away from a winning record and the BBN better be ready for this long bus ride. Simple fact freshmen need to be experienced and that is when they are juniors and seniors.

  11. Kristen Geil's Abs
    10:43 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Only the idiots had high expectations this year. Even the most optimistic of the rational fans said 4 wins.

  12. Blue Truth
    10:43 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    @10 We don’t know that Barker isn’t exceptional yet. There’s a lot of hype surrounding him, but before Johnny Manziel and James Winston (sp?) played no one even knew who they were. Both red-shirted freshman leading their teams. Barker could do it.

  13. barn
    10:56 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    I hope barker turns out to be evererything he’s supposed to be. I remember all the hype about towles when he was a sr in hs–pro type qb –great arm etc. i’d like to see some good competition at qb between two Good Quarterbacks–something we definitely don’t have now

  14. Bankerbh
    10:59 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    One name….Patrick towles. He too was from northern ky and was a much better qb at the high school level than barker. There was too much hype for towles and same level of hype for barker. It is the ky football curse for both of them. Each is coming to a program w no established qb at the helm. Thus, there is a knee jerk reaction to have good high school players start and lead an sec team as freshman. It isn’t going to happen. This can only spell doom for their development and confidence.

  15. btowncatfan
    11:12 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    7. I’ll trust Mark Stoops and Neal Browns ability to evaluate talent over yours.

  16. shields eyes
    11:16 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    14. Yeah, Kentucky has been cursed with some terrible quarterbacks of the last 20 years.

  17. Scott Baio
    11:21 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    12. Johnny Football most of the high school passing records in the state of TX, his size caused him not to have a higher ranking. Jameis Winston was two sport star that got drafted to play baseball, and one of the biggest recruits to come out of the state of AL in years. Both of these guys were very big deals, that most sports people knew. Just ask Nick Saban and Mack Brown if they’ve heard of them.

  18. 9-asty
    11:23 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    All this hype about Barker reminds me of what was going on with Towles. Both of them were projected to be the savior of the program their freshman year. I’m not saying Barker won’t be everything people hope he will be, but I think it is unfair to him to expect him to come in and dominate as a freshman. Many UK football fans expect instant success which is not as common/possible as it is in basketball. When/if Barker doesn’t come in and start his freshman year, half the fan base will be calling for Stoops’ job because they saw what Calipari did with the basketball team. Changing a football program takes a lot more time than turning around a basketball program. Give Stoops and Barker a chance.

  19. davis RD
    11:31 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    I have not been pleased or impressed with neil brown. I feel certain that when stoops keep saying, “we are going to have to start coaching better” that he is speaking directly to his offensive coordinator.

  20. KT
    11:44 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    If Barker’s actual ability are half as good as his leadership skills and personality we will be OK. I’m not sure about starting him next year though, it is hard to start a Freshman QB in the SEC but he very well might have the work ethic it would take for that to happen. Either way I am excited about the future but agree we need MUCH better QB play to compete. I feel like every other position on the team is improving by leaps and bounds but our QB play hasn’t gotten a lot better.

  21. lonnieb
    11:48 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    hello Tim couch

  22. lonnieb
    11:51 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    He should start take some lumps and figure it out…….should have plenty of really good.skill players around him as well….a few from this year and a bunch more coming next year. would.just be a waste…i want him ready to go at beginning of.soph season….i don’t want him to take half that season to.get accustomed to the speed of sec etc…

  23. Jack in the house
    11:58 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Two comments.

    1) Why would the coaching staff be at Barker’s game when he is totally committed. I am positive Elam took notice!

    2) Is UK football practicing this weekend or did the coaches blow it off to go recruit. If the latter is true, that is a shame.

  24. Across the Ohio river football
    12:05 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Barker comes in expecting to play like all of the current freshman are. Absolutely he has been promised that this is his team and he will play. Big mistake by the coaching staff. They can’t recruit another QB cause if they do, Barker does not sign, nor do 24 other recruits. When Conner plays a powerhouse football team which they don’t and Barker puts up 200 yards passing, time to get excited. Don’t hold your breath. UK, 2-10 next year again with the savior at QB.

  25. BlueArcher
    12:07 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    19 and anyone else that keeps complaining about Neil Brown… He runs an offense that relies on excellent passing. We have no QBs that can pass the ball effectively. What exactly are you expecting? His offenses at Texas Tech averaged over 4300 passing yards and over 6000 total yards in 3 years.

  26. It's OK
    12:08 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow has potential to be a solid quarterback. Get him healthy and UK still might win one or two games in the conference this year. With next year’s added talent and somewhat easier schedule, I see a 6-7 win season. The following years are when UK may be competitive in the SEC. If Barker can earn his way to start over the other three guys (Smith should transfer to D2 after this year) then so be it. No matter what, things are so much better than they were. The talent level is going to make a bid difference. Stoops is a better coach. We’ll see about Brown but I’m still with him for now.

  27. Redpup
    12:08 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    We should have started Patrick Towles this year and taken our lumps with him. Last year when he played against Mississippi State he looked like the second coming of Time Couch. He showed me in that game before he went down with an injury that he could make throws that neither Smith or Whitlow can make now. He should have played and developed this year. Towles, Phillips, and Barker should be the quarterbacks of the near future for the Cats. Smith should be done after this year and Whitlow should be used as a wide receiver/wildcat formation guy similiar to how Randall Cobb was used in his last couple of years. But neither Smith or Whitlow will ever be SEC calibar quarterbacks or win games for the Cats. They simply can’t make the consistent throws that Brown’s offensive schemes need. Think about how accurate Time Couch, Dusty Bonner, and Jarrod Lorenzen were under Hal Mumme. This is how quarterbacks have to play for Neal Brown in order for us to be consistently good running Brown’s offence. Neither Smith or Whitlow will ever come close to being that accurate. Neil Brown doesn’t need a running quarterback. That isn ‘t the offence he runs. He’s doing it this year because that is the only consistent strength he has with either of these guys and that strength is with Whitlow.

  28. tsperg
    12:17 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    well there will be at least 6 qb’s trying to win the starting position next year. with 2 jr’s,smith and whitlow, 1 soph towles, 2 rs freshmen phillips and kissick, and i pure fr, barker, unless they have another. how do you split the reps there. we have a passing qb who cant run (or pass) and a running qb who cant pass. with a pure passer like towles, who when recruited was the next saviour similar to what barker is being called, starting out red shirted for 2 years in a row. there is no way he isnt better than smith, coaches even said he had the strongest arm and could actually run when needed, so why isnt he in there..
    play the kid this year and lets put a serious effort to try and win a game or 2. what if towles won the job next year and did well, what would they do with barker.? they cant redshirt a player for 3 or 4 years. lets play to win and not to make a showing,
    or the answer could be to get receivers who can catch balls with their feet or have a vertical leap of 3 plus feet or arms about 7 feet long to reach behind them. the rest of the team will be fine. even get one who can hold on when it hits them in the hands. we are getting better receivers, but would you go to a school as a reciever when no one can pass the ball to ya?

  29. hahahaha @ James
    12:20 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    I thought of that immediately as well

  30. Neal
    12:24 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Who the hell is this Neil Brown guy all the dummies here are talking about?

  31. mashburnfan1
    1:21 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    23} First u r an idiot. Second I really doubt UK or any team would be having practice late Friday night. It may have been a film session day but probably an off day since they played on the road Thurs night….. We should be happy that our coaches are going the extra mile, I’m sure they were tired and they did not have to be there.

  32. mashburnfan1
    1:24 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    30} He is the triplet twin of our off. cord. Neal Brown and the guy most people don’t know Kneel Brown. Much like the Stoops brothers the Browns also have 3 brothers in coaching.

  33. Skeptical
    1:54 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s hope Barker can succeed despite Brown’s play calling.

  34. Catfan30
    2:18 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    #33 What do u expect coach browns play calling to be like? I think he and the whole staff are doing a hell of job. He didn’t have a QB who could throw the ball 5 yards against Miss. St but we still almost won the game. When they decided to go with Whitlow the offense looked much better. If he was healthy against State we win that game. For crying out loud all u cry baby ass fans can never be happy. Always have to bitch about something. The play calling is whole lot better then last year. At least this year we are not getting blown out in games like the last 2 years. ( besides the bama game) this team is a lot better team then last and it has pretty much the same players. So that should tell u something there. And that is this staff can coach. So if u r crying now don’t be cheering when they start winning. That’s a job for the true fans unlike u. Stoops Troops!!!!!

  35. 2020
    2:38 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    The difference between Towles and Barker… one was recruited by Joker, one was recruited by Stoops. I’ll pick the Stoops recruit every time.

  36. pullmyfinger
    4:24 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    I think Neal Brown just caught a whiff of something…

  37. Pacman
    5:54 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Good QB would be nice but I will take some better offensive linemen

  38. Chris
    5:54 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    You all don’t realize towles busted more because of attitude and lack of work ethic.
    1. Barker will have a no nonsense staff to help him develop
    2. He will actually have weapons around him.

  39. KT
    7:00 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Weird, my last comment didn’t make it up. There was nothing bad in it so very odd.

    Chris and Pacman, I agree completely. Everyone else, ignore Jack in the house, he has NO idea what he is talking about and may possibly be a troll. This class is solid and 90% of them will end up in blue next year unless we lose to Alabama State or get blown out by 50 which I don’t foresee. When the staff recruited them they told them to expect the worse and said 2-10 wasn’t out of the realm of possibility so these guys aren’t paying much attention to the record as long as we compete and improve each game which we have.

    I like Patrick Towles as much as the next guy but this is two coaching staffs where he was unable to beat out Max Smith or Jalen Whitlow to even be a backup on the roster. That should really tell you something, particularly if you watched the lame ducks being flung down the field last game or the extremely poor decision making on the reads…just remember to ask yourself…Towles couldn’t do better than that? I wish I knew what was going on with the kid. I agree, he should be a LOT better than that after two years in D1 but from everyone allowed to watch practice…he still struggles with decisions and play-calling. Heck of an arm but throws the wrong pass too often.

    Keep faith in this coaching staff UK fans, I think they can take us far but it may be a bit. It’s not easy to turn around one of the worst football teams in the nation (*cough* without cheating *cough* UofL). It may be a couple seasons before we see the true impact they are making. Remember that you can turn a basketball team around in one season but it takes 2-3 years to build a solid football team, a LOT more players are needed. Go Cats.

  40. gogettem
    10:53 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow should just get out of Kentucky and transfer to Alabama or Auburn. No place for him

  41. DrSteve
    11:53 pm October 26, 2013 Permalink

    HEY! BlueArcher! Neil Brown ain’t at Texas Tech any more, DUDE, he’s at UK, and if you are watching his play calling and coach stoops reactions to his play calling you will understand why many of us are questioning him. Since he is no longer at Texas Tech, we all hope his coaching and play calling skills return very quickly.