Let’s just get this out of the way at the beginning. The way Kentucky played last night was more a product of Joker’s players than Mark Stoops’ coaching. Yes, the defense missed a lot of assignments. Yes, Jalen Whitlow reverted back to last year where he had little to no accuracy what-so-ever. Could the outcome have been different had they simply played like they had in practice? Yes, it could have been. Regardless of that fact, Stoops is playing with the hand he has been dealt. Unfortunately for him, that hand is not very talented. Don’t get me wrong here, as I am NOT saying they are bad players. They fought and clawed last night with everything they had in them. That is something that was simply not seen under Joker Phillips. This is a direct result of the coaching staff’s attitude. Another thing that happened last night was improvement. Even though they came out sluggish, they picked it up throughout the game and made adjustments that worked later on. It again comes back to talent, which brings about the next point. The future is bright. Very bright! Ladies and gentleman, I bring you highlights from Drew Barker’s amazing performance.
Lex18 put it nicely in the recap below:
The Conner high school quarterback and 2014 Kentucky commit combined for six touchdowns his team’s opener, which was ended at halftime due to extreme heat. Conner is credited with the 40-7 win. Barker also tweeted the following message after the game:
“Also, my loving grandmother passed away at 10am today.. That game was for her!”
Barker had four touchdown passes and two touchdown runs that totaled 398 yards of offense. He completed 8 of 11 passes for 235 yards and four scores. Barker only rushed the ball four times totaling 162 yards and two more scores.
So cheer up folks! Because despite last night’s debacle, the future looks bright with Drew Barker leading the way for a new generation of Kentucky Wildcats. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be exciting. And it’s going to be filled with wins. With that, I leave you with this…..OHHHHHHHHH C A T S CATS CATS CATS!!!!!!!!!!