Drew Barker - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 7


  • height 6-3
  • Weight 222
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Burlington, Ky.
  • High school Conner
2016 – Sophomore 
  • Missed the final nine games with a back injury
  • Missed most of the New Mexico State game after suffering a back injury after the first offensive series
  • Had three touchdown passes in a quarter vs. Southern Miss, becoming the first UK quarterback to achieve the feat since Andre’ Woodson had three touchdown passes against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 29, 2007
  • First player to have four touchdown passes in a half since Woodson against Florida on Oct. 20, 2007
  • Ended the USM game with career highs in several categories: 323 yards passing and four touchdowns
  • His 323 passing yards vs. USM were the fifth-most in school history in a season opener 
  • His four touchdown passes were the most in a season opener since Tim Couch against Louisville, Sept. 5, 1998. Couch had seven touchdown passes that game
  • His 323 passing yards are the most for a UK quarterback with 15 completions or less in school history
  • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 – R-Freshman
  • Played in five games, making the final two starts of the season, a win over Charlotte and the season finale vs. Louisville
  • Connected on 35-of-70 passes for 364 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. 
  • Also rushed 25 times for a net of 81 yards, including one touchdown
  • Came off the bench at Mississippi State to complete 7-of-9 passes for 42 yards, also rushing three times for 20 yards
  • Was 1-for-2 off the bench at Georgia
  • In relief at Vanderbilt, was 5-for-8 with 60 yards and his first career touchdown, also rushing four times for 26 yards
  • Made his first career start in a win over Charlotte, completing 16-of-29 passes for 129 yards
  • Second career start came vs. Louisville, throwing for 128 yards
2014 – Freshman
  • Redshirted
High School
  • One of the most prolific performers in Kentucky high school history
  • Strong-armed, accurate passer who also made plays with his legs
  • Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Conner HS in Hebron, Ky.
  • Led Conner to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and the second round of the playoffs as a junior and senior
  • During his career, completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 6,264 yards and 62 touchdowns
  • Ran for 3,931 yards and 51 TDs
  • Threw for 2,671 yards and 34 scores during stellar senior season
  • First-team all-state by The Associated Press
  • Named to the “Class of the Commonwealth” team by the Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Finalist for “Mr. Football”
  • District Player of the Year
  • Four-star prospect according to Rivals, Scout and ESPN
  • The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky according to Rivals and the No. 5 quarterback in the nation
  • Attended the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp during the summer of 2013, where he earned a No. 7 final ranking
  • Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, 2014 where he completed 4 of 6 passes for 54 yards and led two touchdown drives for the winning West team
  • Coached by Dave Trosper
  • All-district honoree in basketball
  • Honor-roll student
  • Member of the Future Business Leaders of America and did community service work with the Never Give Up Foundation
  • After numerous scholarship offers, chose Kentucky over South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Born in Edgewood, Ky.
  • Son of Terry and Ellie Barker
  • Graduated from high school in December 2013 and enrolled in January of ‘14
  • Was an early commitment to UK so he could help encourage other high-school stars to come to Lexington
  • Played a lead role in uniting his signing class through social media and with frequent visits to UK during recruiting periods
  • Graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in integrated strategic communication and is currently working on a master’s degree in public financial management at the Martin School of Public Administration
Community Cats
  • Frequent visitor at UK Children’s Hospital (2016)
  • Participated in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics (2015)
  • Volunteer at the Indian Summer Camp for children’s cancer survivors (2015)
  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)
  • Read to children at FCEA Read Across America event (2014)
Drew Says
  • His favorite meal is sausage and peppers
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a professional golfer
  • One word to describe him on the field is “focused”
  • His sports hero is Tom Brady because he’s the best quarterback of all time
  • Most people don’t know that he has a pet turtle named Nemo
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