By LARRY VAUGHT
While Mark Stoops likes what he has seen from backup quarterback Stephen Johnson — “He brings a little different skill set at times” — there is no doubt he is sold on Drew Barker as his starter going into his sophomore season.
“You saw flashes in Drew from day one. I was there in high school and watched him play. The game I was there, it was a back-and-forth game. You just saw him have that ability to create plays. Those are things that I was talking about earlier that you have to have some special players with instincts, that make things happen,” Stoops said.
“ Essential you have to have great structure, great scheme offense and defense. You have to have some guys that have the ability to make plays. You see it all over the place, whether it’s pro, high school or college, there’s guys that ad-lib, have that ability to scramble when they need to scramble, scramble to buy time, throw the ball down the field and make plays. He has that ability.
“He needs reps, needs to stay within the framework of the offense and execute what is there, then do what God gave him the ability to do, which is play football. I’ve seen it since high school. I saw it every year since he’s been here, just hasn’t been consistent enough. Been through that a hundred times. He won the job when he was ready to win the job. ”