By ALEX OTTE
In the midst of basketball season, some UK fans still have their eyes on a different prize.
With spring football beginning in early March, and the annual spring game set for April 16th, football is right around the corner and after the “Finish What We Started” Super Bowl commercial, Kentucky football fans have reason to be excited.
The Wildcats will have a tough and full schedule this year, beginning with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for the first game September 3rd, and the very next week facing the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.
Mark Stoops confirmed in January that Drew Barker, who threw for 364 yards and started the final two games for Kentucky in the 2015 season, will go into Spring practice as number one on the depth chart. Stephen Johnson II, a junior college transfer with two years of eligibility, is expected to present a significant challenge for Barker and is exactly the type of competition for the quarterback position that new quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw was looking for.
Having some of last season’s stars returning with more experience will be invaluable for this team combined with the fresh talent the team has gained from recruiting. With new uniforms and new faces joining the campus, Kentucky football fans should be prepared to see a whole new team come April 16th.