Mark Stoops announced quarterback Drew Barker will have season-ending back surgery two weeks from now before Thanksgiving. Stoops said Barker is expected to be back for Spring Practice.
Barker last played against New Mexico State. He earned his first significant snaps last year at Vanderbilt, earning the starting position for the final two games of the season against Charlotte and Louisville. He has five total starts, completing 53 of 106 passes for 698 yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in his young career.
A redshirt sophomore, the former four-star recruit could potentially redshirt this season after only playing in two games and one quarter. The news is unfortunate, but expected. Godspeed, Mr. Barker.