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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Level Are You Confident Barker Can Reach?

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Look at it anyway you want, this football season will depend almost entirely on Drew Barker.  Yes, receivers need to catch the ball.  Yes, the defense has question marks.  But those things can be masked.  Having a sub-par QB can not be.  We can’t hand the ball off 50-60 times a game.  And Drew Barker is basically it for this season it seems.  He was given the job at the end of last season and it didn’t go well.  But, he’s now had an entire offseason as the starter, has a new offensive coordinator to work with, and should not have to look over his shoulder at all.

I think everybody hopes because of that he will improve in 2016.  But just how high can Barker go this season?  Below are 5 quarterback seasons that resulted in different win totals for the year.  Were the win totals entirely based off just the quarterback?  Or course not.  But you can clearly see a trend between good QB play and the wins.

Boyd/Woodson (2004): 192-351 (55.2%), 1820 yards, 9 TD, 10 INT (2 wins)
Andre Woodson (2005): 146-253 (57.7%), 1644 yards, 6 TD, 6 INT (3 wins)
Patrick Towles (2014): 225-393 (57.3%), 2718 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT (5 wins)
Mike Hartline (2010): 268-405 (66.2%), 3178 yards, 23 TD, 9 INT (6 wins)
Andre Woodson (2007): 327-518 (63.1%), 3709 yards, 40 TD, 11 INT (8 wins)

So, at which level do you think Drew Barker could get to this year?  Can he recreate Hartline’s performance in 2010 to get the Cats to 6 wins?  Is more than 23 TD a possibility?  I am just trying to gauge the confidence level of the fanbase with Barker for this season.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

17 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Level Are You Confident Barker Can Reach?



  1. ukkatzfan
    8:10 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Confidence in Barker is extremely high…… Confidence in BTI is extremely low. He needs to leave football to Freddie



    • cats paw
      8:53 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

      Anyone who has extreme confidence in Kentucky football should never question another persons knowledge on football…….



    • ukkatzfan
      12:53 pm May 10, 2016 Permalink

      Where in the sam hill do I mention extreme confidence in Kentucky football ? And where do I question another person’s knowledge on football? Are you saying BTI knows more about football than Freddie?



  2. Patches
    8:47 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Barker is a huge question mark to me. Cannot put confidence on him by how he played last year for sure. It will take a few games to see where he is at this year and all of BBN hopes he is a leader on and off the field.



  3. kjd
    8:59 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    First off, do not agree with your notion that you can mask a sub-par defense. Can’t be done in the SEC. I also am not saying our defense will be sub-par. It is young and inexperienced so is a big question mark.
    I think Barker can compete in the SEC. Will he? Offensive line has to improve a lot from last year. Receivers have to catch the ball. It will take the entire team to achieve success. I think Barker will be a solid QB and will lead this team.



  4. Wise Dan
    9:15 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Barker will be fine, but he can’t do it all alone. Gonna take 22 guys all doing their job. SDS has him ranked as the #2 Pro Style QB in the SEC for a reason. His maturity level coupled with Coach Gran & Hinshaw will put him in a position to succeed. CATS go bowling.



  5. kentuckyrld
    9:50 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Barker may be good he may not. Time will tell. However, either way he cannot do the job alone. On the surface this team does not have a defense that can slow down the run in the SEC which means the SEC part of the season will be a total disaster. Winning the other games may be possible but it, I fear, is unlikely. The sad part is the gloom and doom that may become the entire season will likely be piled on Barker’s shoulders which in all likelihood will be totally unfair.



  6. Callinstraight
    9:55 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Zero clue what level Barker will perform at this year. Least of my concerns. Contrary to the way some feel, I don’t place near the importance on the QB as I do on the O line. In fact I think QB play is way over emphasized.



  7. Ichabod24
    10:36 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    I have little confidence in Barker. He will most likely be Patty Ice version 2. Barker is another Kentucky grown 4 star player just like Towles who would be a 2 star player if he grew up in Georgia or Florida. Barker will not be outstanding. I just hope he can be a little better than Towles because he is all we have.



  8. Bluebloodtoo
    10:38 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Let’s make this questions a little easier to answer:

    Over/Under for Barker’s TDs this season – 15.5

    I’ll take the over.



  9. blueballs80
    11:09 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Hmmm if the receivers don’t drop balls and the Oline does a decent job, then yes Barker will succeed. Key is the Oline.



  10. Mathlete
    11:20 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Gran and Hinshaw’s offense is going to be pretty run-heavy, so I’m going to say he needs to get to at least 2014 Towles level numbers to eke out 6 wins. I’m hopeful that he’s everything he’s been cracked up to be and ends up with 2007 Andre Woodson stats, but I’d take 2 TDs and a pick per game on average.



  11. theWilkman
    11:54 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    This is the exact nonsense that leads to people unfairly blaming the QB for the teams failures. Yes, he has to be good for us to go to a bowl game, but he can’t be the only one. He can’t mask a poor defense, he can’t mask a sieve of an OL, and he can’t force WRs to catch the ball if it hits them in the hands. We won’t go far if he’s bad, but we also won’t go far if he’s the only ray of light either. This isn’t basketball.



  12. jaws2
    1:46 pm May 10, 2016 Permalink

    From an outsiders perspective, last years to was a walking internal disaster. Players didn’t like players, players didn’t like coaches, and some coaches didn’t like players. We had a new ‘OC’ who should never have been hired, and a pathetic offensive and defensive line. Tom Brady couldn’t have saved that team.

    If we don’t have vast improvement in those areas, Barker will have zero chance to lead this team to 6 wins.



  13. Luether
    3:45 pm May 10, 2016 Permalink

    Blocking and tackling will have a much greater impact on our performance than QB play…



  14. BluKudzu
    5:41 pm May 10, 2016 Permalink

    This blog must have been a last minute throw together. No big deal, you have to post something when time is running out and this is what you get.

    Barker is not the savior, solution, or provider of salvation for this program. He is one of about 45 people that will play on Saturdays. He is a part, albeit and important part, but he is far from being the answer. To start to load this guy with pressure, and compare his efforts to others, prior to the season starting is at best, irresponsible.

    The results will be better with a much stronger defense, and tremendously better O Line play. If UK has spent the last 3+ years getting the right players in the right spots, with our multi million dollar coaching staff, the QB play will be fine.

    Inability to protect the QB and block effectively for the ground game, and inability to stop the opponents running game, will lead to another miserable season.

    QB stats are just that. The stats that matter is the ratio of Ws vs. Ls.