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What’s next for Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson?

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson (15) looked to pass against Northwestern during the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 29. Johnson said Tuesday the bowl would be his last game as a player.
Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson (15) looked to pass against Northwestern during the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 29. Johnson said Tuesday the bowl would be his last game as a player.

Former Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson announced his retirement from football during an appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio on Tuesday.

The graduating senior revealed he soon will have surgeries on both shoulders and his left knee.

“I am completely done with football,” Johnson told KSR. “That is the big news. I really don’t have the fire or desire or drive to keep on playing it. To have these surgeries on top of it, it would shut my body down.”

In the Music City Bowl loss to Northwestern, Johnson completed 19 of 36 passes for 257 yards and rushed six times for 19 yards. He rallied UK within a point of Northwestern after trailing by 10 with less than eight minutes to play, but a two-point conversion attempt to try to win the game with 37 seconds left failed.

Johnson finished his UK career ninth in program history with 4,342 passing yards despite playing only two seasons.

Johnson told KSR he plans to remain in Lexington and continue to work with UK Athletics.

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