LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker is finished for the 2016 season after Mark Stoops announced Thursday that he'll have surgery on his injured back at the end of November. The 6'3" Sophomore from Burlington, Kentucky hasn't played since leaving the New Mexico State game September 17th.
“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.”
Stoops said he hopes that Barker will be able to return to some type of football activities in the late spring of 2017. He completed 18-of-36 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in two plus games. Stoops added that he wasn't sure if Barker would be eligible for a medical redshirt since he already redshirted as a true Freshman.
Stephen Johnson took over in that New Mexico State game and has been the starter ever since, leading the Cats to a 5-2 record. The Wildcats travel to Knoxville for a noon kickoff Saturday against Tennessee.
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