Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown are going with Patrick Towles as their starting quarterback. As for who the backup will be remains a mystery to this point, but if Brown and Stoops have their way, it won’t be freshman Drew Barker.
Those two want to see Barker redshirted his first year in college, giving him another year of separation between he and Towles, as well as redshirt freshman Reese Phillips. Both coaches said Friday after UK’s practice that they want to see Barker redshirted this season.
Stoops did also say the plan is to redshirt Barker, but hat he will prepare to play in a backup role.
Barker is one of the most highly touted in-state football prospects UK has gotten a commitment from since Micah Johnson, and has emerged as the face of UK’s breakthrough-recruiting class of 2014.
The Conner High School QB committed to the Cats over South Carolina in May, and he’s been one of Stoops’ top recruiters ever since. B
Barker has actively recruited fellow 2014 prospects via social media and during football camps in Lexington and elsewhere. His commitment to UK should help Stoops and his coaching staff attract more top-flight offensive talent from the 2014 class and beyond. Barker passed for 2,067 yards and 22 touchdowns during his junior season. He also rushed for 1,422 yards and 18 scores.
Barker finished his senior season with 2,671 yards and 34 touchdowns passing and 849 yards and nine touchdowns rushing
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