By LARRY VAUGHT
Stephen Johnson got his first chance to play quarterback for Kentucky in last week’s loss at Florida in relief of starter Drew Barker. Just like Barker, he had trouble with the Gator defense.
“He did some good things. The first quarterback run was really good by him. The second one, not so good,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “You’ve got to protect the football. And at the end of the day, that’s what we’ve got to do, that’s what we talk to all of our quarterbacks about is we can’t have any more turnovers.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to protect the ball. That’s our baby. It’s inexcusable. But that’s everybody involved. It’s our offensive line protecting. It’s our running backs protecting. It’s the receivers getting off the line of scrimmage. It’s everybody. Everybody’s got their responsibility and that’s what we talked about. They saw it on film and that’s what they’re working on right now. And that’s what we have to have is an urgency.”
What about Barker? How does he get him back to playing like he did the first half against Southern Mississippi?
“Consistent is the key to this game. I talked about that, I think, all training camp. We can’t be up and down and we got to be able to sustain drives. We gotta be better on third down. That’s the bottom line. We’ve gotta find better throws for him, we got to get open, we got to protect, and again, it goes back to the execution of the offense and me putting him in a better situation,” Gran said.