LEXINGTON, Ky. — It would take a “miraculous recovery” for Kentucky QB Drew Barker to start Saturday against South Carolina, coach Mark Stoops said on his Monday night radio show.
Barker had an MRI on his injured back and will see a specialist Wednesday morning.
Here’s what Stoops told host Tom Leach on his show about the quarterback situation:
“If Drew was back, 100 percent ready to go, then he would have the opportunity,” Stoops said. “Now, there’s always things that factor in like missed practice, getting the reps and if your backup is playing like Stephen did. All situations are different so we’ll have to see. It would have to be a miraculous recovery for him to come back Wednesday afternoon and feel that good and be able to come in and start in this game with the way Stephen played.”
Backup Stephen Johnson replaced Barker after the first series against New Mexico State. He passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns and will make his first career start Saturday if Barker isn’t ready to go.