A report from Jon Hale confirms what many of us already suspected: Drew Barker’s season is done.
The back injury that Barker suffered all the way back in Week 3 against New Mexico State is now causing him to have surgery, which will officially end his season, according to Hale.
Drew Barker having surgery on back. Officially done for the year.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) November 10, 2016
This is going to hurt the longevity of Barker’s college career, as Stoops doesn’t think Barker will get a sixth year because he already redshirted, according to Hale.
As Stoops said today, don't think Drew Barker can get a sixth year since he redshirted already.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) November 10, 2016
It’s a head-scratcher as to why the Cats staff and/or Barker decided to wait so long to have surgery. Perhaps they truly believed that Barker could return until now.
Nothing about Barker’s season is what Kentucky had hoped for. He showed flashes of great potential against Southern Mississippi despite their loss. After that, Barker struggled through his next two games against Florida and New Mexico State, totaling just 334 yards and 4 touchdowns while throwing 5 interceptions this year. What we hoped to see from Barker will have to wait until next season.
This now means Stephen Johnson is the guy for Kentucky. He hasn’t been consistent, but he’s shown flashes of potential to build on. His dual threat ability helps open the offense. Now that he’s the undoubted No. 1 quarterback for the rest of the year he may have added confidence.