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Really didn't hit me until last night he was probably UK bound but I hate people switching picks all the time, so I lived with my miss.
Anyway, great kid, solid player.
Can throw. Can run. Intelligent, which even comes across on film. Makes a lot of good decisions. Want to get better. Coachable.
Naysayers/fans of other teams will say his competition is weak ..... and they are right. But so what? Really, all that means is he will need to,adjust to the speed of the game and get used to taking some hits. I also don't expect him to be running nearly as much in college.
He will need some seasoning but it's pretty obvious the tools are there.
One key might be for UK fans to back off him a little bit. The pressure of being the QB/savior can be great. Let him settle in. Let him play some. Then go crazy if he pans out.
UK is getting some good skill guys. The Cats now absolutely must continue to get better up front. It's a grown man's league. You can chuck it all over the yard but if you can't stop UGA or Florida from running wild it won't matter. You guys probably know that better than anyone.
In sum, what a big day for the UK program. The coaches will celebrate for about 30 seconds.
What's cool is that when you look at the most memorable UK teams the common thread was great QB play.
UK has won the SEC only twice --- 1950 and 1976. Both teams were led by legendary Cat QBs (Babe Parilli & Derrick Ramsey). Of course, Couch and Woodson also came up pretty big.
This post was edited by Keith Niebuhr 11 months ago
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"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
I think I deserve the whole thing.
Just remember, we can only go by what we're told. Not like I care where someone goes.
And it's not like SC fans love me ... I do, after all, oversee our Clemson site.
Anyway, enjoy the day my friends.
Thanks for stopping by Keith. Both sides felt comfortable with their chances.
Good stuff. Thanks Keith.
Beauty is he should be able to get comfortable behind 3 guys that should be able to play in this system and already have experience. If (and I hope when) UK continues to add weapons around the QBs the offense will be fine. UK's problem has ALWAYS been stopping other teams. The Couch, and to a lesser degree the Woodsen, teams had to outscore people to win. And could put up 30 points and get beat by 3 TDs. Barker was a really big get, but until real improvement is seen on the defensive side, UK is a 6 to 7 win a year team.
Thanks for the info. He will be a great one but as you stated we have to give him time. Too often UK fans bail on a kid if he isn't a success or contributor after his rs SO year and that mindset needs to change. The big programs RS most of their kids and they don't see the field till their rs JR year. Ideally that is where we need to be and Barker won't see the field till then either.
Couldn't agree more that this kid should have ample time to get comfortable in the system. He can, and probably will, redshirt this season. That means he'll be a redshirt freshmen when the current crop are seniors. If he wins the starting job then, he will have completely earned it.
I also couldn't agree more with Keith that UK has to, at all costs, get bigger, better, and deeper up front on both lines. This is the NFL d-league. It's brutal. Step 1 is falling into place getting some good skill position players that should be able to compete in this leage. They should add plenty of excitement and create a buzz about the program. Step 2, getting the big nasty's, will be the most important step to taking this team to heights most of us have never seen. I believe we finally have the coach that can get this done.
This post was edited by nawlinsbaby 11 months ago
Lot of good posts. Sounds like we're all pretty much on the same page.
Get bigger and better on the DL, and get more depth.
It's a process. But it's a heck of a lot easier to get to Step Z when Step A is going well.
Getting better up front.......Imagine Jacob Hyde and Matt Elam manning the DT spots together. I'd say thats getting better up front. About 700 total lbs of better. I just hope we can pitch Elam with the same kinda hometown hero decision to sway him from Bama. I don't worry about this coaching staff recruiting and developing DE's. Matter of fact I think we've got some good development guys coming in with Reggie Meant and Tymere Dubose and then a stud in Jason Hatcher who I think will play some OLB/DE. Where we really need to get better is LB. I really like Dorian Hendrix but we've still gotta add several guys in this recruiting class to man that position. Like you said we're gonna get plenty of good skill guys with Neal Brown as offensive coordinator so that is not a worry in my eyes. Ohio produces some very good Olineman too so it looks like we should be fine up front as well. I really like John Schlarman and his ability to develop players for Neal Brown's system.
Hey Keith, if you, J.C. and Barton ever get up a poker game, I'd love to join in with you guys. I'll bring the cheese.....
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