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Drew Barker is Finished with Football

Drew Barker is hanging up his helmet.

The former four-star quarterback from Northern Kentucky has ended his football career.  Barker initially announced on January 2 his intentions to become a graduate transfer.  After further consideration, Barker’s father Terry told the Courier-Journal he will remain at UK one more semester to finish his master’s degree in public financial management.

UK’s starting quarterback at the beginning of the 2016 season, a back injury ended Barker’s season after just three games.  He returned in 2017 as the No. 2 quarterback behind Stephen Johnson.  Instead of competing for the starting job in 2018, he will finish his time at UK as a student.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 Comments for Drew Barker is Finished with Football

  1. Bull Filmer
    8:32 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    That is a shame.

    Move forward young fella – and son…..God bless.

  2. BlueDew
    8:32 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Just guessing. He was hurt more than we knew. He didn’t want to go through that situation with same injury again. Good luck to him.

  3. USMC5150
    8:37 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’m glad he is finishing school here. Due to his back injury his decision most likely will benefit him later in life.

  4. BlueDew
    8:47 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Sad, he had so much promise. Had two off field issues his first year and then seriously injured. Good luck.

  5. 502CodeRed
    9:36 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    He was a bum anyways.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:04 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      DB will go much further in life than you can ever dream of, loser.

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:08 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      A bum is a tool who spends his life commenting on a rival’s website even though his team is not mentioned.

    • Miller45
      2:26 am January 28, 2018 Permalink


    • east-ky-boy
      10:50 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      I think you’re a closet Ky fan. That or you have no life. I’ll give ya the benefit of the doubt

    • runningunnin.454
      12:52 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      502CodeRedneck is puzzlewit Taft.

  6. TB112162
    9:49 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Code Red your UL garbage

  7. My Dixie Wrecked
    10:54 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I wonder what would have been if he didn’t fall for Stupes false promises. He might have been an NFL prospect out out South Carolina instead of a bum out Kentucky. #decisionsHaveConsequences

  8. Luether
    1:24 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Should have stuck it out. No respect for quitters…

    • Miller45
      2:35 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Oh yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense, he should just “stick around” doing something he’s not invested in, sitting on the bench all year, keeping a scholarship from someone else deserving if it, great plan. at least he respectfully stuck it out

    • Wilfred Smith
      6:38 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Do you still work at the first job you had in high school?

      Oh, wait….

  9. Miller45
    2:36 am January 28, 2018 Permalink


  10. notFromhere
    10:23 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    No respect for trolls and don’t care whom they respect

    Very disappointed for him that his career turned out the way it did. Proud of him for doing what he could with such an injury. More proud of him for making a wise decision regarding his health, even though he gives up something he loves.

    He had one of the best halves of football of any QB in UK history. You never expect such a pinnacle to have such a quick and drastic fall. Sucks that he didn’t go through senior day festivities to hear how appreciative the fans are of his time here.

  11. lribookend
    5:18 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    He gave a tremendous amount to UK. He brought in other great players. Injuries hindered him. His spirit never gave up. He will be very successful in his life, regardless of what path that may take. Critics can bite a big one.

  12. bigfatstoopidE
    6:44 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    He should participate in senior day activities next season. Kid did some knucklehead stuff early on, but stoned for it and then some.

  13. CombatMedic_98
    10:00 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

    Well now that Gunner Hoak has the “reins” we’ll see an improved overall team than before. I know “Wilson” was the talk of the town and all excited…his accuracy is questionable and Gunner can run RPO also. We’ll see or I hope the staff saw what I and many others saw the last two Spring games…Hoak’s consistency has to be applied to this team this year or we will be another 6-7 win team with this harder schedule 2018.