By LARRY VAUGHT
Redshirt freshman quarterback Gunnar Hoak thought that Drew Barker “looked great” during drills Tuesday when Kentucky returned to spring practice.
So did offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.
Barker missed the final 10 games with an injury last season and then needed offseason back surgery. Tuesday was the first time he was allowed to do anything during team workouts as well as individual drills.
“He came in and got some reps. Got some reps in team, got some reps in 1-on-1s. He was kinda just put in there at periodic times. Not really getting into rhythm, just wanting to see where he’s at and how he feels after this,” Gran said.
“We’ll see how it is and we’ll keep progressing him as we go. But he got more reps than he’s had the last three practices before he came back.”
With returning starter Stephen Johnson, Hoak and true freshman Danny Clark also taking snaps, Gran won’t rush and take any chances with Barker — who started the first three games last season.
“That’s why it was just one rep here, one rep there. It’s crazy to go in there and throw him in there for seven plays in a row,” Gran said. That doesn’t make any sense. We have to see where it’s at, how he feels.
“We’re talking to him each day. We’ll just take it nice and easy. There’s no hurry. We don’t have to win a game here in the next couple of weeks. That’s a good thing.”