Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced following Saturday’s Blue-White Spring Game that sophomore Drew Barker will be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback in 2016.
Barker performed well during the scrimmage, completing 12 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. His first TD was a 64-yard throw to Ryan Timmons, and the second capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive to close out the first half.
According to Stoops, Barker has been improving under new offensive coordinators Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw.
“I really like what I’m seeing out of (Barker),” Stoops said Friday, per the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jennifer Smith. “I’m seeing a guy who’s studying film more, that’s more serious about his business and that’s showing up on the field. He’s much more consistent.”
Barker, a Burlington, Ky., native, saw limited action during his freshman campaign, going 35-of-70 for 364 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in five games. He beat out junior college transfer Stephen Johnson, a dual-threat quarterback who enrolled at Kentucky on Jan. 19, for the starting job.