LEXINGTON, KY. (WDRB) - If Drew Barker is healthy, there is no question he will be the starting quarterback for UK this Saturday against South Carolina. Mark Stoops was clear about that Monday at his weekly press conference. What’s not clear however, is Barker’s status against the Gamecocks.
“He had an MRI,” said Stoops. “We'll consult with our doctors and some specialists and get to the bottom of it and see what’s best for him.”
What might be best for Barker is some rest. The redshirt sophomore is dealing with a chronic back issue suffered long before this weekend’s game against New Mexico State.
““He’s had some issues that were lingering so it’s not just one hit.” said Stoops. “If you look at the hit it’s not anything that looks like too much but I think if you put that compounded on some of the back problems he’s had, even going to Florida.”
Regardless of whether or not Barker plays, Stoops says Stephen Johnson will still see some game time this Saturday. Against the Aggies, the junior college transfer settled down after a slow start, finishing with 361 yards of total offense.
“I thought he was really exceptional. He started a little shaky the first possession but after that he really settled in and played an exceptional game. He made good decisions. He was really poised. He was accurate on the deep ball.”
Kentucky is looking for its third straight win over South Carolina. If the Cats win Saturday, it will be their first ever three game win streak in series history.
Kickoff is at 7:30 Saturday from Commonwealth Stadium.
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