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April 25th, 2019

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Year 2 Quarterbacks Have Mixed Bag of Results

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Terry Wilson will head into Year 2 as the starting quarterback for Kentucky and while there are lots of question marks about the overall team for 2019, many people are highly confident in Wilson after seeing his last few games in 2018.  And typically, Year 2 for a starter normally equates to increased production.  And you can really look at a QB’s performance both individually and as a team.  Following a 10-3 record last year, it is really hard to imagine the team record getting there again in 2019.  So it would be unfair to call Terry’s season a disappointment if they don’t get 10 wins again.  But individually, I would be highly disappointed if Terry’s stats don’t improve following a season where he really wasn’t asked to produce much through the air for most of the season.

Take a look at all of the UK QB’s who were given 2 full seasons (or more) as starting QB and how their production changed from Year 1 to Year 2:

Tim Couch
Year 1, 1997 (5-6 record): 363-547, 3884 yards, 37 TD, 19 INT
Year 2, 1998 (7-5 record): 400-553, 4275 yards, 36 TD, 15 INT

Jared Lorenzen
Year 1, 2000 (2-9 record): 321-559, 3687 yards, 19 TD, 21 INT
Year 2, 2002 (7-5 record): 183-327, 2267 yards, 24 TD, 5 INT
*Lorenzen’s sophomore year (2001) he was only part-time starter

Andre Woodson
Year 1, 2004 (3-8 record): 146-253, 1644 yards, 6 TD, 6 INT
Year 2, 2005 (8-5 record): 295-452, 3515 yards, 31 TD, 7 INT

Mike Hartline
Year 1, 2008 (7-6 record): 172-311, 1666 yards, 9 TD, 8 INT
Year 2, 2010 (6-7 record): 268-405, 3178 yards, 23 TD, 9 INT
*Hartline’s junior year (2009) was ended by injury

Patrick Towles
Year 1, 2014 (5-7 record): 225-393, 2718 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT
Year 2, 2015 (5-7 record): 183-326, 2148 yards, 9 TD, 14 INT

Stephen Johnson
Year 1, 2016 (7-6 record): 145-265, 2037 yards, 13 TD, 6 INT
Year 2, 2017 (7-6 record): 189-316, 2305 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT

Terry Wilson
Year 1, 2018 (10-3 record): 180-268, 1889 yards, 11 TD, 8 INT
Year 2, 2019: ?????????????

Of the six QB’s before Wilson, four of them increased their passing yards in Year 2.  Lorenzen’s can be explained because of coaching change from Mumme to Morris.  Three of the six improved touchdown passes.  Only 1 (Hartline) had a worse overall record in Year 2 although the regular season record for both of his seasons was 6-6 and he just won a bowl in Year 1 and lost a bowl in Year 2.

Point being, it’s been a mixed bag.  I think Wilson is more talented than Towles, Hartline, or Johnson.  I think the fact he is scrambling QB is something none of the other guys really had to his level.  But I think throwing 8 INT in just 268 passes needs to improve.  I would be surprised if he doesn’t throw at least 300 passes this season, or a little over 25 a game.  He’ll have Bowden there and with a deceased running attack, you would think more passes would be thrown.  With that said, he should shoot for less interceptions in 2019.

What do you think?  Should there be individual statistical improvements from Wilson in 2019 for you to be satisfied?


KSR Show Thread 4/25: NFL Draft Day

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will discuss last night’s Hey Kentucky Governor’s Debate, tonight’s NFL Draft, and the news that Johnny Juzang is reclassifying to 2019 and will visit Lexington on Monday. Tune in or miss out!

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April 24th, 2019

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Cody

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#9 Logan

The Schebler hate club grows.

#8 Larry

Keep em coming!!

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Oh, Ryan. How sweet.

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#4 Robin

Number one in the news and the draft.

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Gunnar Hoak will meet with the Ohio State coaching staff

On Tuesday morning, Kentucky quarterback Gunnar Hoak announced that he would be putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Tonight, it is being reported that the junior quarterback will be meeting with the Ohio State coaching staff.

Hoak, a Dublin, OH native, lives just over 15 miles away from Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. With OSU quarterback Matthew Baldwin entering the transfer portal last week, there is an opening at the backup QB position for the Buckeyes next season.

After Hoak entered the portal on Tuesday, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops told reporters that “it’s not a done deal” that the junior quarterback transfers from the program.

“Gunnar and I had a great talk yesterday. He’s a great kid and as I told him, he really had a good spring. I told you all that after one of the scrimmages that he really played well, as good as I’ve seen him play. I think you understand that because he’s a competitor and he wants to play. It’s not a done deal that he’s going to go somewhere else. I think he’s going to look at it and just check his options and I told him we would have another discussion about it at a later time and we’ll see where that goes. Just want to be supportive of him and his decision but it does put us in a situation where we’re a little thin.”

He will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play immediately should he decide to leave.