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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Leave Stephen Johnson Alone Edition

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Stephen Johnson has to once again make a statement to keep his job. And it’s ridiculous.

NCAA Football: Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Well that was...something. The Kentucky Wildcats were supposed to cruise past the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, but that’s not how things went.

The ‘Cats trailed EKU for the majority of the game and the 27-16 win was a hard fought affair. Some of the reasons as to why were self-inflicted wounds, the most egregious being Mark Stoops inexplicably putting Drew Barker in on the third series.

Yes, we all know that move was scripted, but when you’re down 7-3 on your home field to an FCS opponent and you’re starting QB isn’t the problem, you might not want to make a change at that position.

Which brings me to my main point: stop with the quarterback nonsense. Stephen Johnson is 9-3 as starter and played extremely well yesterday. He threw for over 200 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. What more do they want this kid to do?

I don’t want to see Drew Barker in a game for the rest of the season except in the situations where Kentucky is up by a lot or there is an injury. Leave Stephen Johnson alone and let him do his thing.

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The Wildcat package clearly doesn’t work with Benny Snell or Siheim King. Maybe wait to shelve it until we see what it looks like with Lynn Bowden.


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