By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday that he expected defensive lineman Matt Elam would be back from injury to play against Mississippi State but he does not expect quarterback Drew Barker to play in the same game.
“Matt Elam, we do expect him to be back. I would expect him to be back by the Mississippi State game. If he doesn’t have any setbacks and looks like that is going to happen. Or it has to this point. He’s progressing and getting better and better so we’ll see moving forward here in the next week and a half,” Stoops said.
And Barker, who has missed the last three games with a back injury and played just one series the game before?
“It’s a touch too early for that right now. We’ll evaluate him again. We evaluate him every day and looking at him, checking on him and working with him every day. He’s in there getting rehab so we’ll see how it goes in the next week or two,” Stoops said.
“I think he is getting better but we have been cautious with him and hopefully we can continue to do that and hopefully he’ll feel stronger and stronger. There hasn’t been anything that’s changed. Let’s put it that way. He’s still week-to-week. We have no plans of playing him in the Mississippi State game. After that we’ll evaluate him week-to-week.