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Kentucky QB Drew Barker Retiring From Football Instead Of Grad Transferring

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STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Drew Barker was set to be a graduate transfer. Instead, he is done with football and will finish his degree at Kentucky.

Drew Barker came to Kentucky as a big-time recruit. The quarterback was a big win for Mark Stoops in one of his first classes.

He was the No. 116 overall player in the class, per 247Sports. He was also the fifth-ranked pro-style quarterback.

Perhaps most importantly, he was a big-time local prospect. Barker was ranked No. 1 in Kentucky in the class.

In 2015, Barker took over as starting quarterback for Patrick Towles. Towles wound up being a graduate transfer to Boston College.

That year, he completed 35-of-70 passes for 364 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. That wound up being his most active season.

In 2016, he was much more efficient, but only threw about half of the passes. Barker was 18-for-36 for 334 yards, and four touchdowns, but he did throw five picks.

Injuries wound up derailing Barker's career, and he only played sparingly in 2017. He was set to make the same decision as Towles and become a graduate transfer, but is now heading in a different direction.

Barker's father says that he is done with football, and will instead finish up his master's degree. From The Courier Journal:

Barker finished his undergraduate degree at UK in August and spent the fall semester working toward a master's degree in public financial management at UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. He now plans to stay at UK to finish his graduate degree, his father said.

It's probably a tough decision for the former four-star recruit, but it's hard to knock the decision to finish up his education at Kentucky. Hopefully he has a good experience as a normal college student next year.

[The Courier Journal]