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Drew Barker will have back surgery

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By GUY RAMSEY

Mark Stoops made it official on Thursday: Drew Barker will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. 
Later this month, the sophomore quarterback will undergo surgery on a back injury that has sidelined him since Sept. 16.
“We’ve exhausted all treatment that doesn’t involved surgery and it has not improved to the level our doctors are comfortable with,” Stoops said. “So we are scheduled for surgery the week of Thanksgiving. So he will be done for the year.”
Barker left after the first series of UK’s game against New Mexico State, giving way to junior-college transfer Stephen Johnson II after Barker began his third season in Lexington as the starter. Barker completed 18-of-36 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and give interceptions in three games.
The news has little immediate impact on this year’s Kentucky team, as Johnson has settled in at quarterback, but Barker is expected to be back in time for next season and potentially even spring practice.
“If everything goes right he should be back for spring, the latter part of spring, in some capacity,” Stoops said. “I don’t know how much, but (trainer) Jim (Madaleno) said he thought he could be back and throwing the ball in 7-on-7 and things like that.”

No change yet with QB Drew Barker’s status

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

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.

Jacob Hyde again takes time to reach out to young fan

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De'Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy this week.

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De’Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy in the UK Children’s Hospital.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Before Kentucky played South Carolina on Saturday, 9-year-old Brendan Murphy of Corbin kept trying to use FaceTime. His mother, Jennifer, thought he was trying to reach family members of friends.

Finally she found out he was reaching out to UK football player Jacob Hyde, one of four football players who came to visit him when he was in the UK Children’s Hospital because of a complex case of MRSA (a contagious and antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that leads to potentially dangerous infection) in his bloodstream.

Barker our for “foreseeable future” with back problem

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After waiting two years to become Kentucky’s top quarterback, Drew Barker is going to be out at least the next three to four weeks — and maybe longer — because of a lingering back injury from this summer that no one at UK had disclosed until he went out after three plays against New Mexico State last week.

Stephen Johnson No. 1; could Gunnar Hoak be No. 2

Gunnar Hoak, second from left, could be pressed into action Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Gunnar Hoak, second from left, could be pressed into action Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Quarterback Drew Barker did not practice Tuesday because of his lingering back issues and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Stephen Johnson will be the starter Saturday night against South Carolina.

“Stephen is be the guy and they’re still getting evaluated and still getting in stuff with Drew. That’s all we know right now. Right now, Stephen’s the guy,” Gran said.

Johnson played well in UK’s 62-42 win over New Mexico State after Barker went out after throwing an interception on the first series. Kentucky amassed almost 700 yards of offense with Johnson at quarterback.

Not protecting football “inexcusable”

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Stephen Johnson got his first chance to play quarterback for Kentucky in last week’s loss at Florida  in relief of starter Drew Barker. Just like Barker, he had trouble with the Gator defense.

“He did some good things. The first quarterback run was really good by him. The second one, not so good,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “You’ve got to protect the football. And at the end of the day, that’s what we’ve got to do, that’s what we talk to all of our quarterbacks about is we can’t have any more turnovers.

Stoops knows Drew Barker has ability to make plays

Drew Barker at Fan Day Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker at Fan Day Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While Mark Stoops likes what he has seen from backup quarterback Stephen Johnson — “He brings a little different skill set at times” — there is no doubt he is sold on Drew Barker as his starter going into his sophomore season.

“You saw flashes in Drew from day one. I was there in high school and watched him play. The game I was there, it was a back-and-forth game. You just saw him have that ability to create plays. Those are things that I was talking about earlier that you have to have some special players with instincts, that make things happen,” Stoops said.

UK has a proven go-to receiver — assistant coach Lamar Thomas

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky needs a go-to receiver to help elevate the play of quarterback Drew Barker this season. Give him a Craig Yeast, Derek Abney, Randall Cobb, Jacob Tamme or Keenan Burton and see how good it could make him look.

Kentucky has a bevvy of receivers that Barker and coach Mark Stoops hope can be a go-to guy this season. Of course, UK does have a proven go-to receiver — receivers coach Lamar Thomas. The former University of Miami and NFL receiver joined the UK staff after the 2015 season.

Barker believes tight ends will be productive part of UK offense

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During a recent conversation with Drew Barker,  I asked him if he remembered Jacob Tamme. He laughed and told me he certainly did.

That’s when I asked the UK sophomore quarterback if he thought this might be the year the tight end actually becomes part of the UK offense again — and he quickly said sophomore C.J. Conrad should make that happen.

“I think he will have a great year. He’s a huge target and has got bigger, stronger and faster,” Barker said. “I think he can be great.

Drew Barker has the moxie that Stoops likes

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops didn’t have any trouble explaining what he liked about sophomore quarterback Drew Barker during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday.

“What I liked about him right from the very beginning is how competitive he is. He has that moxie on the field,” Stoops said. “He’s a big guy. Physically, he’s a strong guy. He can run when necessary. And he has that ability to create plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s a gamer.

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