By LARRY VAUGHT
FRANKFORT — Quarterback Drew Barker continues to impress Kentucky coach Drew Barker.
“I saw a great growth out of Drew. It’s hard to put an exact figure or definition on that. He had the best spring he had ever academically,” Stoops said Wednesday at the Governor’s Cup here. “It was more – the leadership that I saw was really leading by example.
“I’m not really into guys talking just to talk or to act like they’re a leader because they’re saying things. I saw him actually become more calm or more quiet, but I liked that. He had great command, he had great command of the offense, he had great command of his group, but it wasn’t all the BS talking, just trying to be the leader just because you’re the QB.”
Amen to that. Leadership has to be earned. You can’t talk your way into becoming a leader and Stoops emphasize again Wednesday that his team needs leaders. That’s what makes his comments about Barker so important for next season.
“I like his growth, I like his approach, his work ethic. He looks good. He’s approaching every day the way we want him to do it, so that’s what I like,” Stoops said.