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Athlon Sports Sees Kentucky Duo Braylon Heard, Drew Barker Other Names To Watch in 2014


Decided to take a moment and look over some Kentucky football articles when I came across some interesting lists from the crew at AthlonSports.com.

First article I found was the top 10 quarterbacks on the rise for 2014. Mentioned in the “other names to watch” section comes Kentucky freshman QB Drew Barker. He comes into Lexington with high praise and is already loved by the BBN being a Kentucky kid. He will be expected to turn things around for Mark Stoops when his name is called. Could that be this year? Here’s what Athlon had to say about Barker:

Drew Barker, Kentucky
True freshman passer is a key piece for Mark Stoops’ rebuilding effort in Lexington. Barker ranked as the No. 119 prospect in the 247Sports Composite this season and will have an opportunity to win the starting job this spring.

Another piece I found and liked was the top 10 running backs on the rise in 2014. Once again, Kentucky RB Braylon Heard finds his name in the “other names to watch” like Barker. He transferred in from traditional power Nebraska after one year where he averaged 6.7 yards per attempt. Athlon spoke about Heard:

Braylon Heard, Kentucky
Heard averaged 6.7 yards per rush on 52 attempts at Nebraska in 2012. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, Heard should team with Jojo Kemp to form a much-improved Kentucky rushing attack.