LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - University of Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker will not play on Saturday against South Carolina.
Cats head coach Mark Stoops made the announcement after practice on Wednesday. "The bottom line is Drew will be out," Stoops said, adding, "he has an injury that does require surgery at this point in time and he will be out for a significant amount of time. I have no idea how long that will be. When I say significant, he's out for the foreseeable future, the next two, three, four weeks. After that we'll revaluate him and see where he is at."
Barker has started the last five games for the Cats, the final two games of 2015 and all three this season. He left after one series on Saturday with a back injury. Barker is 3-12 for 11 yards with four interceptions in the last two games.
Stephen Johnson relieved Barker in Saturday's 62-42 win over New Mexico St., completing 17 of his 22 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 51 yards.
Freshman Gunnar Hoak will be the backup.
The Cats (1-2) host South Carolina (2-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium.
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