LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s spring football scrimmage on Saturday brought positive news in Drew Barker’s return from back surgery.
The former Kentucky starting quarterback missed all but three games last season with a back injury and had surgery in late November. Barker was being brought along slowly in spring practice, but coach Mark Stoops said Barker took 10 snaps and led the offense to a touchdown in the scrimmage.
“He looked a little more comfortable than I thought he might in a game-like situation,” Stoops said. “I thought he looked good.”
Stephen Johnson is a sure bet to start the season under center after leading Kentucky to 7 wins last season, but Barker and redshirt freshman Gunnar Hoak could be competing for the second-team spot. Much is dependent on Barker’s health heading into next season.
But Saturday signaled progress for the junior.
“He looked comfortable,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “We managed that a little bit for him. Wanted to make sure he didn’t have to throw the ball down the field four or five plays in a row, but did a nice job. Pulled the ball, ran it. He looked very comfortable.”
Kentucky will kick off its Blue-White spring game at 7:30 p.m. ET on April 14 at Commonwealth Stadium.