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UK Football: Drew Barker will remain at Kentucky to pursue master’s degree

Drew Barker is giving up on football and remaining at UK to pursue his degree.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Barker has decided that he will remain in the state of Kentucky.

Just not for football reasons.

According to a report from Louisville Courier-Journal, the former quarterback will remain at the University of Kentucky, deciding to pursue his masters degree.

Barker, who was supposed to compete for the starting quarterback job for the 2018-19 season, announced at the beginning of January he would be leaving the Wildcat football program to pursue other opportunities as a graduate transfer.

Back in August, Barker finished his undergraduate degree at UK. The junior spent the fall semester working his way towards finishing a master’s degree in public financial management at the Martin School of Public Administration.

For the 2017-18 season, Barker completed just four passes for 49 yards as the backup to Stephen Johnson. Barker lost the job after an injury back in 2016.

Terry Wilson, a highly-touted junior-college quarterback in the 2018 class, and Gunnar Hoak — who was listed as UK’s No. 3 quarterback throughout last season — are expected to compete for the starting job when the Wildcats start spring practice.