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An Update on Drew Barker from his Father


Drew Barker’s 2016 football season did not end the way he and his family expected.  Instead of leading his team to a victory over Louisville, he was sitting on the couch next to his father, recovering from back surgery.

Named the starting quarterback following spring practice, the first half of Barker’s first game as UK’s starter was fantastic.  “It almost seemed like magic,” Barker’s father Terry told Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.  Then, it turned into a nightmare.

After losing the lead to Southern Miss, Barker was sacked on the first play of the Florida game.  Terry Barker believes that hit either injured him, or exacerbated a pre-existing condition.

“Look, I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV,” Terry Barker joked. “But, apparently there is a nerve tree that runs out of the right side of your spine down to your right leg and one that runs out of the left side down to your left leg. And there was something putting pressure on Drew’s right side (nerves) that was causing his (right) leg to really hurt.”

The pain Drew endured sounds horrific.

“I think it’s fair to say (Drew’s) leg hurt every day,” Terry Barker said. “Some days, it hurt more than others. In some ways, he kind of got used to it hurting. But, some days, just doing what a college student has to do – walking to class, sitting in class, carrying a book bag – was really painful for him.”

Since the surgery, Drew felt immediate relief in his leg.  It’s a long road to recovery, but his father believes he could participate in spring practice on a limited basis and be ready to compete once again this fall.

Read the Rest of the Story from Mark Story

Article written by Nick Roush

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12 Comments for An Update on Drew Barker from his Father

  1. BLUEsky
    9:04 pm December 8, 2016 Permalink

    Good news! Get well soon Drew! Looking forward to seeing you back on the field competing at a high level.

    • Golfnow11
      8:23 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

      When did he EVER compete at a high level?

    • BLUEsky
      11:06 pm December 9, 2016 Permalink

      In the fall when he won the starting job. Any more questions?

  2. foamfinger
    7:22 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    You can’t say enough for what Barker has tried to do for this program. Helping bring together recruits and playing with a back injury. This kid bleeds blue. Wish him well and a fast recovery and no chronic back pain in the future.

  3. Catsby80
    7:44 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    Back pain is no joke. Hope he is recovering and can compete for the position next season. Nothing wrong with healthy competition – it brings out the best in everyone.

  4. Golfnow11
    8:27 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    How healthy do you need to be to carry a clipboard? This kid has NO game and will be gone before he ever sees the field again wearing KY blue. Just the facts… let the haters start hating on me lol

    • macsauce13
      9:48 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

      Most things in life are a matter of perspective. This comment shows you lack perspective. Sir, your definition of “haters” must be the CATS fans who appreciate and respect a kid for coming to our school and working hard to play football and help secure other recruits, something Drew has done a LOT of.

      A hater, on the other hand, is someone who might come onto a website and speak poorly of a good kid who had a rough season and is currently attempting to recover from back surgery. That is what a hater is.

      So, in summation, you are the hater.

    • InigoMontoya
      10:24 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

      No hate. Just a reminder that you forgot to take your meds.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:25 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

      There are those in the world who gain pleasure from inciting a reaction when deriding others. Those people are almost always unsuccessful in life, which is why they feel they must inflict their self loathing onto others. I actually feel sorry for these people as they can never be truly happy.

  5. Lewis
    8:45 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    I’m sure I’ve probably missed seeing the answer to my question, however, does Drew qualify for a medical redshirt season? Or, is he waiting until the end of his 5th year to see if he has a chance in the NFL Draft?

  6. Blue_Cat75
    9:15 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    Sciatic nerve pain is literally a pain in the ass. Having suffered the same, I can attest that it can be debilitating. There are several causes for the nerve to become compressed and non of them are an easy fix. I hope this surgery did the job and hope for a speedy recovery.