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LEWIS | Barker wins spring scrimmage and starting job

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Wildcat sophomore quarterback Drew Barker wrapped up spring practice with a two-touchdown performance in the spring game ... and one starting job.

Head coach Mark Stoops announced the decision following the scrimmage, but never told Barker about it before the postgame news conference. Barker says he heard the good news from longtime UK Sports Information Director Tony Neely. 

"I just smiled. I put in a lot of hard work. I'm not taking the foot off the gas or anything. It was definitely a good feeling, but you can never think you've arrived," Barker said.

His Blue squad topped the White team, 31-20, at Commonwealth Stadium. Sophomore running back Sihiem King led all rushers with 84 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

"I think we're much improved," said Stoops, who enters his fourth season as head coach of the Wildcats. But, he says, he's not ready to say his team right now is strong enough for it's upcoming schedule. 

"To say that you're ever strong enough, that like (saying) I can't be any prettier or have too much money. I don't know if we're strong enough yet. We're going to play some awfully physical teams," Stoops said.

Kentucky opens the season Sept. 3 against Southern Miss at Commonwealth Stadium.

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