By LARRY VAUGHT
Based on what quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has seen, Kentucky starting quarterback Drew Barker and backup Stephen Johnson are “both ready to play and ready to go win” when UK opens the season Sept. 3 against Southern Mississippi.
So where does that leave freshman Gunnar Hoak?
“We’re going to rotate him with the scout team and also prepare him in case he has to play and stuff like that. We’re also going to do the same thing with the other quarterbacks so that anybody else is ready to play,” Hinshaw said.
Hoak enrolled at UK in January to get a head start on his collegiate career and Hinshaw said he did a “fantastic job” handling the learning curve in spring practice.
“But where he came from in the spring and the summer and now here he is in the fall, he’s looking like a veteran. He’s doing a lot of good things,” Hinshaw said.
“Now, he’s still making freshman mistakes and he’s got to learn to take care of the football better, but he’s got a strong arm, he understands the offense now. I really believe that. Now we’ve got to get him to master the offense and continue to get better, so really proud of him and where he’s come.”