LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky starting QB Drew Barker hasn’t played a snap since the first series in Week 3 against New Mexico State, and coach Mark Stoops said it’s still too early to reevaluate Barker’s back injury.
Barker was initially given a three to five week window to be reevaluated and Saturday will mark the four-week mark. Barker had an MRI after the injury, but Stoops said at the time that it wasn’t just one hit and that some of Barker’s back problems were “chronic.”
The Wildcats are off this weekend before hosting Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at home. Stoops confirmed Barker will not be ready to return against the Bulldogs, but that the quarterback is progressing.
“He’s in there getting rehab so we’ll see how it goes in the next week or two,” Stoops said. “I think he is getting better but we have been cautious with him and hopefully we can continue to do that and hopefully he’ll feel stronger and stronger.”
Stoops said Barker can be considered week-to-week after the Mississippi State game.
Junior QB Stephen Johnson will continue to be Kentucky’s starter for the foreseeable future.