If something had happened to Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles Saturday against Tennessee, the Wildcats’ second option would have watched helplessly from the bench.
Drew Barker, Towles’ backup, tweaked his shoulder in his collegiate debut on Oct. 24 against Mississippi State, and didn’t practice at all last week — that made him unavailable against Tennessee.
But now, Barker is back to his normal routine with a healthier shoulder and could help out against UGA this week if need be.
In his debut, Barker entered when Kentucky’s eventual 42-16 loss to the Mississippi State was already clearly decided. The redshirt freshman completed seven of his nine passes, but also threw an interception in the game’s final minutes.
Last week, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he was pleased with Barker’s showing despite the interception and the Wildcats’ eventual loss.
“Drew did a good job, I was really glad that he could get some reps. I hated that it was that kind of circumstances, but it was good for him to play,” Stoops said. “He looked comfortable and he made some good decisions … he got his feet wet and that was good to see.”