LEXINGTON, Ky. — Drew Barker hasn’t played since the first offensive series against New Mexico State three weeks ago, but Kentucky still isn’t ready to reassess its former starting quarterback.
Coach Mark Stoops said the week following Barker’s back injury that he would be out a “significant amount of time” and that some of the problems were chronic.
“When I say significant, he’s out for the foreseeable future, the next two, three, four weeks,” Stoop said after the injury. “After that, we’ll reevaluate him and see where he’s at.”
But despite being within that reevaluation window, it doesn’t sound like Barker is any closer to returning. Asked after Kentucky’s win against Vanderbilt if Barker will be reassessed during the upcoming bye week, Stoops was short in his response.
“Not right now, no,” Stoops said.
Stephen Johnson, a junior quarterback, has led the Wildcats to three wins in their last four games, but passed for just 49 yards against Vanderbilt. He doesn’t have a passing touchdown since the New Mexico State game.
Johnson looks to be Kentucky’s long-term starter, especially with no news on Barker. There’s no indication who would lead the offense if Barker is able to return sometime this season.