By LARRY VAUGHT
Now that Stephen Johnson has gone 12-4 in regular-season games he has started, it’s even more amazing that he was so lightly recruited coming out of junior college before Kentucky quarterback coach Darrin Hinshaw convinced him to come to UK.
Even then he was slated to be Drew Barker’s backup last season before Barker went down with a season-ending back injury.
So has Mark Stoops ever been around a quarterback who has improved as much as Johnson in such a short time?
“I think there’s so many pieces to it, there’s so many components to it that has to be right and it starts with protection and starts with guys running the right routes, making catches for him. Sometimes you have to make competitive catches,” Stoops said.
“Again, we all watch football, sometimes guys are covered and receivers have to make plays for them. You can’t constantly diagram beautiful, clean plays. You got to make competitive plays, you got to get open, you got to win, you got to beat somebody. And so I think overall he’s definitely improved, but I definitely think around him has improved as well.”