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The Drew Barker Diary: Football is finally here


Future UK Quarterback Drew Barker will be writing a diary for KSR throughout his senior season to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in recruiting and the changes in the UK football program. Check out his earlier entries:

Laying a Foundation
Keeping the momentum going
Recapping The Elite 11/The Opening
The New Kentucky Football

Hey guys, how’s it going? I just started my high school season with a scrimmage against Beechwood this past weekend. I think I did pretty good (17/22 for 178 yards and one touchdown passing, 15 carries for 236 yards and two touchdowns rushing), I probably could have had more yards, but it was a running clock. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from our team because we lost most of our line from last year and a big playmaker in Cameron Fogle, who’s now a walk-on at UK, but I was really happy with our performance. Our offensive and defensive lines really dominated the game, we had some other guys step up and we got the win, so that’s really good. We have another scrimmage coming up this Friday against St. Bernard out of Ohio, and then our first real game will be August 31st at Thomas Moore College at 1:00, so I’m really looking forward to that too.


A lot of you guys might be surprised that I had so many yards on the ground, but in each of the past two seasons, I had over 1,400 yards rushing. Because of the Elite 11 and all the other passing camps I’ve been to, most people really underestimate that part of my game, but I can tuck it down and run too. Beechwood was playing three down lineman and dropping eight guys into coverage, so when I see that many guys in coverage protecting the pass, I might as well tuck it down and run it for 15 yards. That way, I can keep the defense honest and make them play 11-on-11 football. If they want to play back, then I’ll run it; if they want to play up, then I’ll throw it. Obviously, once I get to college, the speed is completely different, so I won’t be running nearly as much, but I am a threat to tuck it down and get a first down with my feet too.

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When I haven’t been on the field, I’ve been following the Cats in their fall camp, too. I went down for Fan Day on the 9th, and it was really fun. It kinda stunk that it rained for the practice, but it was really cool to be there, especially since TV Williams came too. It was fun to hang out with him and his family, and also to interact with the coaches again, sit in on the quarterback meetings, talk with the players and watch a practice live. It’s neat to see how the coaches were coaching up close and get a little preview of what the season will be like.

I felt like the guys are a lot more confidence since Coach Stoops came on board. Confidence breeds confidence, and that’s really good because you have to have that “swagger” to play against the best players and teams in the SEC. I also noticed how fast they were practicing as opposed to the past. I have some friends on the team that told me how different it was, and even though they heard it would be fast, they didn’t realize it would be this fast! I’m definitely looking forward to playing in that offense.

All of the commits are taking our official visits to UK on the same day as Matt Elam. Coach Stoops told us he doesn’t want us to take our officials during the season because you’re not able to hang out with the coaches as much because they’re so busy preparing for games. He told us it was better to take them during the off-season, when we can just hang out, go to a basketball game, chill and build better relationships. So, we’ll all be there with Matt that day, which goes back to the family atmosphere at UK right now. I always tell him that I don’t think he could go anywhere else–Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, wherever–and have that bond that he does with our class. He’s really connected to a lot of the guys, and I think that bond and trustworthiness is really important in his decision. If he comes to UK, he knows he’ll be automatically welcome, which might not the case at some of the other schools.

So, I’ll be at UK that weekend and then I’m going to San Antonio for the Army All-American game with Matt on January 4th (we’ll even be on the same team). We get back on January 5th, and then I move into UK on January 11th before classes start on the 13th. Time is flying!

Enrolling early was a big decision. High school was fun, I’m going to miss all of my friends, but why not go down to UK, start learning the offense, and get in the program instead of sitting in high school messing around for a few extra months. The way I see it, you might as well start working toward the goal you’re striving for. My main motivation is to get there early and play in the spring practice and the spring game. I’m really looking forward to it, and hopefully I can end my high school career with a state championship before I head to UK. And yes, I can still go to my prom and graduation.

I was actually planning to go to Nashville for the Western game, but since my first game is that afternoon, we’re going to have a party at my house to watch it instead. I’m planning at being at every single home game this season, and I’m really looking forward to it. I know they’re preparing really hard and had their first scrimmage this Saturday. I heard the offense started out good, but the defense ended up winning, but I’m just really looking forward to watching Coach Brown’s offense and seeing the improvements the new staff has made in the players from last year.

You guys probably remember how I teased that there was a “Yahtzee” brewing on Twitter a few weeks ago. It’s still in the making, I promise. My man Blake Bone tweeted yesterday that he was making his decision in a couple of weeks, and I feel pretty good about our chances. I’m not 100% sure he’ll commit, but I think he’d be a great fit in the Air Raid offense. We need big outside receivers, and he’s 6’5″, can run and has great hands. He’s a really cool guy too, I got to hang out with him in person earlier this summer when he and a bunch of the commits came down for the Saturday Night Prime Time Camp. He’s kind of got a bond with all the guys already, and hopefully he makes a good decision and comes on board to the Big Blue Nation.

We’re still going after Braxton Berrios, who is planning on taking his official for the Louisville game. I still feel pretty good about him. We just need to get him on campus, because then, anything can happen. He already stayed a weekend one time and really like it, so it’s good that he’s coming back.


Right now, I’m just ready to get back on the field. There’s nothing better than football season. You’ve got four straight days of football–Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. I know my coaches and parents probably don’t like hearing this, but I like to go out there and get hit! I kind of can’t wait until the real games start and I know we have a good shot of making the state championship, where we could maybe play Matt [Elam]’s team. Conner and John Hardin are both 5A and will be on opposite sides of the bracket, so if that happened, we’d have a pretty big crowd of Kentucky fans.

Also, if you didn’t catch the Elite 11 show last night, it will be replaying all week. Having Coach Dilfer tell me I was in the Elite 11 fraternity was definitely the greatest honor of my career so far.

Talk to you guys soon!

Article written by Drew Barker

22 Comments for The Drew Barker Diary: Football is finally here

  1. Question
    8:15 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    How is one already in the Army AA game before even playing one’s Sr. season? What if a player stinks it up his sr. season?

  2. Drew
    8:17 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the elite 11 special and I was very disappointed that they didn’t mention Drew Barker once. He must have impressed the coaches during the actual competition the last 2 days because he wasn’t in the top 11 up until then. Good Job Drew!!!!

  3. TampaCat
    8:17 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Nice work D.B. I look forward to following your career! Go Big Blue!

  4. Really?
    8:19 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    1. Do you think he’s gonna stink it up this year? Hey look everybody it’s another UL fan on a UK site.

  5. lesigh
    8:21 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck this year Drew! We can’t wait to get you in blue!

  6. Question
    8:33 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I never said that. Hence, my never mentioning names. Just curious to me that AA Game rosters are already set before even playing a down.

  7. deWildcat
    8:44 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Future head coach of Kentucky football – too bad I’m nearly 60 and won’t see that day.

  8. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    8:51 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great job Drew!

  9. Terry Blue
    8:58 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great job as always Drew. Glad you’re hopeful on Blake Bone and especially BRAXTON BERRIOS. Keep after them and good luck in your season

  10. come on
    9:08 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    The clarity in your thought and being able to write it down in the same manner is impressive. Makes the reader want more. Speaks volumes about you., your family and school. There wont be any doubt in your huddle, they’ll follow you.

    #7 I’m 62, when that happens, we might be in the skybox,but still watching and cheering.

  11. TouchdownTommy
    9:15 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good job Drew. Can’t wait till you join our boys next year.

  12. Gregg Hughes
    9:25 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Nice humble brag on the opening statement of his scrimmage stats.

  13. Kyle
    9:29 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    @2 I was thinking the samething I wonder what made them decide to take Barker, who wasn’t in the top 11 with 2 days left, and put him at 7. But what I hate more is we didn’t even get to see him play that program revolved around 5-6 people the whole time. But if it weren’t for that I enjoyed it a lot and learned that there is a lot more that goes into being QB or just pro than what you may think.

  14. Bob
    9:40 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    John Hardin nor Connor has a chance in hell of beating bowling green. Good article though

  15. Bob
    9:40 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    No chance

  16. Beat the purples
    10:25 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, I hope to see the both you and Elam playing in the finals at BG. That means a tough road for you both and the Purples won’t be there. hahaha @ BOB.

  17. Blue To The Bone..
    11:16 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Sturdy Dan and the boys will be at So. Oldham on 9-27…who else will be there…

  18. Perry's Poptart
    11:23 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for agreeing to do the diary Drew. Stay on Braxton.

  19. Mars Bonfire
    12:38 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Sturdy Dan can count me in for 9-27. I’ll be the guy in the UK shirt.

  20. Catlogic15
    7:58 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Someone needs to tell Drew that there is no BB game on the 14th. Team is at UNC.

  21. ReRe
    10:26 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle kind of stole my thunder. I loved everything about the Elite 11 camp program except for the fact that we really only learned about 4 or 5 guy’s. I wanted to see all of them in action. I did learn a lot though. Drew I hope you the best Senior year possible. You seem to be a well-mannered, articulate, respectful, driven young man. We should consider ourselves very fortunate to have such a fine young man coming to the BBN. ABBSOLUTLEY love the recruiting that you do. It amazes me. You got talent kid. Good luck and keep us up-to-date on the Braxton Berrios situation. We need him!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. MarkyMark
    12:06 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck this year except when you play Cov Cath of course.