Kentucky QB Drew Barker announces intentions to transfer from the Wildcats

Lloyd Doyle
January 12, 2018

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today.

Barker saw limited action as a backup to Patrick Towles during the 2015 season, appearing in five games and making two starts. Barker (6'3/225) arrived on campus with much promise as a four-star recruit back in 2014, but his career was knocked sideways by a season-ending back injury sustained in September of 2016. That gave Stephen Johnson a chance to play in 2016 and he kept the job this year. He led the Wildcats to a win vs. Charlotte but Kentucky fell short of a bowl game after blowing a 21-0 lead vs. Louisville in the season finale.

Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker announced via Twitter Tuesday night that he intends to transfer to another school for his graduate season. Barker already has a degree from United Kingdom and called it "one of the greatest accomplishments of my life". "That is something that I will always take pride in and cherish for the rest of my life".

Barker made the announcement on Twitter, thanking his coaches and teammates. Every single one of you, past or present, holds a special place in my heart and I will always be here if you all ever need anything.

"Football has taken me places that I have never dreamed of and I'm excited to see where it takes me next!"

Barker handled his injury situation with dignity.

Barker sat out a full year and didn't participate in the spring game, hoping to regain his starting position for the 2017 season.

Drew Barker at Fan Day.

Never question Barker's loyalty to Kentucky. Junior backup Luke Wright chose to give up his final season and went through Senior Day activities in November. Ultimately, Wilson and the return of Gunnar Hoak, Danny Clark, and Walker Wood make it a crowded competition for the quarterback to risk not playing in his final season.

He has yet to announce a transfer destination, but there will probably be plenty of interest in Barker this spring.

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