By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops didn’t have any trouble explaining what he liked about sophomore quarterback Drew Barker during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday.
“What I liked about him right from the very beginning is how competitive he is. He has that moxie on the field,” Stoops said. “He’s a big guy. Physically, he’s a strong guy. He can run when necessary. And he has that ability to create plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s a gamer.
“But obviously you can’t do those things until you have a great and complete understanding of your offense and what you’re trying to do and distribute the football where he needs to go.”
There was more.
“I think what also I love about him is he’s really grown. He’s really taken a giant step away from the field,” Stoops said. “And on the field. I believe he has that ability right now to be a leader without having to go out there and bang his chest every day and be an rah-rah guy.
“By doing the things right, by having command of the offense, by having command of the receivers, doing extra work when necessary, but doing it in a good, positive way.”