Drew Barker named a 2015 "Breakout Player," but he'll first need to beat out Patrick Towles

06/01/2015 06:02 PM

LEXINGTON — One of the hottest topics during Kentucky’s spring practices was the open quarterback competition, and one website has already crowned Drew Barker as UK’s new signal caller this fall.

SEC football website Saturday Down South picked Barker to be one of the conference’s breakout players in 2015, but there are two problems with that coronation:

1. Drew has yet to throw a collegiate pass.
2. Patrick Towles is back, and he’s pretty good.

Towles started all 12 games for the Wildcats last season while Barker redshirted as a freshman.

The dual-threat sophomore finished 2014 campaign with over 2700 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air while also scoring a team-high 6 touchdowns on the ground.

But after an impressive 5-1 start, Towles and Co. stumbled down the stretch by losing its final six games and missing out on yet another bowl opportunity.

New offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson arrived in the off-season to install an air raid offense — a system that could potentially prefer Barker’s pocket-passing skill set — and the quarterback competition re-opened during this year’s spring practices.

KSTV compared both Barker and Towles during Monday’s show, deciding who would be the better signal caller for Kentucky in 2015.


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