Drew Barker’s sophomore season has been put on hold.
The Kentucky quarterback will miss a ‘significant amount of time’ after being carted off the sidelines following a back injury suffered against New Mexico State last week, coach Mark Stoops announced on Wednesday. Barker’s injury will keep him out at least 3-5 weeks before being reevaluated. No surgery will be required.
“It’s not just one hit,” Stoops said earlier in the week. “So if you look at the hit it doesn’t look anything too much, but I think you put that and compound it on some of the back problems that he’s had, even going back to last week at Florida.”
Stoops said Barker had a few issues with his back in the summer and that some of it is “chronic.”
Barker was replaced by junior college transfer Stephen Johnson, who threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns after Barker’s exit.