By LARRY VAUGHT
Drew Barker makes his third start — and first season-opening start — Saturday night when Kentucky hosts Southern Mississippi.
Coach Mark Stoops and Barker both know the quarterback needs to play well. But Stoops also continues to emphasize that the offense’s success depends on more than just Barker.
“If you look at every quote I’ve said since I’ve been here, I always will tell you that the quarterback needs help. I’ve said it every single time, no matter who the quarterback was. It’s not ever all on him,” Stoops said.
“They have to play well around him and they have to make plays for him. They have to block for him and run and do the things necessary. That’s led to us being inconsistent as the unit,.
:I think that’s where we’ve made big strides and I am excited to see the whole offensive unit and I’m certainly excited to see Drew take the field a year older and with all the work that he’s put in. I’m excited to see him play.”