Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops says backup QB Drew Barker will play this week for Wildcats

In this AllWildcats Video feature, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops talks about his plans to get redshirt freshman quartebrack Drew Barker into this week's game against Eastern Kentucky.

The UK staff had hoped to work Barker into the season opener agianst Louisiana-Lafayette, but the Cats saw a 33-10 lead evaporate in the second half against the Ragin' Cajuns and were forced to stick with starter Patrick Towles to pull out a 40-33 win.

Kentucky's next three games were highly-contested SEC matchups with South Carolina, Florida and Missouri, so the opportunity did not arise to get the backup quarterback some much-needed reps. Eastern Kentucky, an FCS opponent which lost 35-0 earlier this season at N.C. State, should present that opportunity for the first time this season.

Barker, a former Elite 11 quarterback and four-star recruit from Conner High School in northern Kentucky, passed for 2,671 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior in high school. He was a finalist for the Bluegrass State's "Mr. Football" award.

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