By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday there was no new update on the status of injured sophomore quarterback Drew Barker.
He has not played the last three games because of a back injury that forced him to leave the New Mexico State game — UK’s third game of the season — after one series.
“No big jump one way or the other,” Stoops said.
Stoops said he was not ready to rule out that Barker could return this season since UK still has six games left.
“Not ready to make that decision – or the doctors aren’t ready to make that decision,” Stoops said.
The coach also said Barker is not planning to have surgery “at this point” on his back.
“I will let you know, obviously, if that’s the avenue that we move towards. I’ll certainly let you know,” Stoops said.
The UK coach said Barker has been “very supportive” of UK’s other quarterbacks by helping any way he can.
“I’ve been proud of him that way. He’s worked hard. It’s hard to get in the position he did and it was very quick start, so I don’t know how the ending is going to go and I don’t think he does, but he’s doing whatever he can to help and I appreciate that,” Stoops said.
Barker sometimes is at part of practice and then does rehab because standing at practice does not help his back.
“We do as much rehab as we can and then there’s meetings and part of practice,” Stoops said.