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LACETT | Stoops won’t rule out Barker for year but says injured back has not improved

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LEXINGTON, KY. (WDRB) – Even though the Kentucky Wildcats are feeling rested as a whole following their bye week, quarterback Drew Barker is still not 100%.

In fact, he’s not even close

Mark Stoops provided an update on redshirt sophomore's back injury Monday, saying conditions have not improved and that Barker would not play this Saturday against Mississippi State.

Junior college transfer quarterback Stephen Johnson will once again get the start for UK (3-3, 2-2 SEC). While his performance isn’t always pretty, there’s no arguing with the results.

“He’s 3-1 as a starter, right?’ said Stoops. “He’s made some very critical plays. Maybe it doesn’t always look pretty as far as throwing the ball sometimes, but he’s doing the things, decision making and doing some things with his legs to help us win football games.”

Speaking of quarterbacks that win games, Stoops is happy his team will not have to deal with Mississippi State quarterback turned Dallas Cowboy Dak Prescott this weekend. Still he knows the team can’t take new quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and the rest of the 2 and 4, Bulldogs  

 “Coach (Dan) Mullen, he’s always been difficult to defend because of the things that we constantly talk about with the quarterback run game, the pressure that they put on you, the stress that it gives defenses with the quarterback running the football and spreading you out and still have play makers across the board.”

Kentucky has dropped 7 straight in the series. They’ll look for their first win at home against Mississippi State since 2005.

Kickoff is at 7:30 Saturday.

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