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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Stephen Johnson Edition

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Stephen Johnson is the presumptive QB starter this year, but ball security is his job security.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning quickies.

The Associated Press has a nice story today on presumptive UK starting quarterback Stephen Johnson. The dreaded ball security issue was a prominent feature of the piece, but Johnson says he has “gotten a lot smarter” working with Darin Hinshaw and Eddie Gran.

Honestly, this is the one area that Johnson could find himself faced with a quick hook. Last season’s troubles were understandable, but after a year in the trenches and an entire off-season, especially with Drew Barker chomping at the bit to get back in the game, Johnson really needs to avoid fumbles.

Shorter passes are another bone of contention with Johnson’s game, and that’s primarily a function of his low release point. Timing routes will help alleviate some of that problem, and we should find out fairly soon how much success he’s had dealing with those two major issues. If he continues to struggle getting the ball into the shorter routes and drops the football, expect to see Barker early and often.

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It could, for sure, especially if he winds up at Arizona or Duke. I’m not sure he’d make as much of a difference for UK because of our youth.

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