Drew Barker decides to leave Kentucky


Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Drew Barker throws a pass during the open practice at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Addison Coffey | Staff

Kernel Sports Staff

After spending all season as the second option behind Stephen Johnson, junior quarterback Drew Barker has announced that he’s leaving Kentucky.

Barker announced his intentions to transfer on Twitter Tuesday night. Barker made brief appearances during the 2017 season, but mostly played when Johnson was injured. 

Barker still has one season of eligibility remaining as he redshirted when he first arrived at UK in 2014. Barker was the starting quarterback for UK in 2016, but missed the final nine games due to a back injury.

That was when Johnson took the starting role, and never relinquished it. The Cats will be without both Barker and Johnson next season but will have many options at quarterback, including junior college transfer Terry Wilson.