Sound Off: Is Drew Barker really pushing Stephen Johnson for Kentucky’s QB job?

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In the inaugural episode of “Sound Off,” SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto break down the three biggest storylines from Kentucky’s preseason camp as we close in on the Sept. 2 season opener at Southern Miss.

  • Stephen Johnson has impressed coaches and teammates, but former starter Drew Barker is back to his pre-injury form. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is quick to point out that every starting spot is up for grabs, so how secure of a hold does Johnson have on the starting quarterback gig? (0:16)
  • Senior Nick Haynes, Kentucky’s starting right guard, is battling Type 1 diabetes and has lost about 60 pounds since he arrived at Kentucky. Haynes’ reps are being limited during fall camp as his health is the main concern. Can Haynes, who weighs about 260 pounds, still contribute on an SEC offensive line? Is a position change in store? We discuss a possible replacement for him at right guard. (3:25)
  • It sounds like there will be a few freshmen who can help the Wildcats right away. A pair of speedy wide receivers are standing out on offense. On the defensive side, a true freshman lineman is forcing his way onto the two-deep depth chart. And in the linebacking corps, Josh Paschal might be the most impressive freshman of the bunch. (7:33)

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