To answer the title’s question in two words: probably not. But like most teenage relationships, it’s complicated.
Stoops provided an update on Drew Barker that can be best summarized as, “There is no update.” If you’d like to see what he said for batim instead of a summary:
“Is he going to practice this week? No. Is he closer? I don’t know, we’ll get an update. This week nothing has changed.”
When Stoops first announced Barker’s injury, he said that he’d be reevaluated during the Bye Week. That was a month ago.
“(There’s) No denying when I made that announcement it was going to be a significant amount of time,” Stoops said. “I don’t know how many weeks that is, but it’s a good amount of time.”
With Barker’s status uncertain for the rest of the year, if Stephen Johnson goes down with injury Stoops will be backed into a corner. The plan until this point was to pull Gunnar Hoak’s redshirt if Johnson was going to miss significant time. With only three games remaining, that may no longer be an option.
“I’m unsure because I’ve been very pleased with Luke. I feel like Luke Wright has really gotten better and is a good quarterback. I like what I’m seeing out of him. I’m unsure. We’ll continue to look at that situation and see what the situation is. I’d like to see what Luke can do in a game because I feel like he’s playing well and practicing well and I have some confidence in him.”
Hopefully push doesn’t come to shove and Johnson will be healthy for the rest of the year. If not, we will be seeing Luke Wright before we see Drew Barker or Gunnar Hoak.