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Article written by Nick Roush

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23 responses to “How Joey Gatewood could fit in at Kentucky”

  1. Ridge Runner

    Good insight and perspective, Nick.

  2. ClutchCargo

    You can’t hold a spot for someone who could get injured or just not pan out. Take this guy if you can get him!


      Politics in AU. NIX was a legacy recruit, his dad was a STUD QB for them in 90’s, He never got a fair shake was kind of treated like Justin Fields @UGA. I am sorry but AU might be undefeated if he was starting. Nix is good and has alot of moxy but by no means does he have the skill set GATEWOOD HAS. No way Allen beats him out. We are talking a QB that instantly puts us right there with UGA AND UF for the EAST CROWN AND CFBP SLOT PERIOD. The kid is better then NIX AND ALLEN. I believe he was a 5* and #29 player overall in nation at some point as well. Kids a stud and makes UK’S Offense a nightmare for our opponents if we land him. If we land him the year he becomes eligible we will have a ranking maybe as high 10-12 and low as 18-21 in nation just adding him to what Stoops has built. You cannot say that for Allen or few other of our QB prospects. He will be our starter day 1 the year his is eligible period even if there is a so called QB battle. He will not lose it garunteed. Then by that time ALLEN will gain experience and be ready to continue where GATEWOOD LEFT OFF. Kid will give us credibility being preseason top 20. Gatewood and Allen transition and those 4-5 years might be the window we get an East Crown, possible SEC title as well a shot at NCAA NATTY! RECRUITING WILL SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE AS WELL! Be ready for a steady top 25 team for 3-5 years between Gatewood and Allen. It’s going to be on!

    2. TBW3011

      Good info. Was wondering if this kid is so good how they have the poor QB play they have this season. Nix really holds them back.

  3. chardun20

    I’m sure Gatewood is good, but he couldn’t beat out Auburn’s other freshman QB. IF he can’t beat out Beau AAllen, why would he stay at UK?

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    2. Battle4TheBluegrass

      No one was beating out Bo Nix at Auburn, simply due to his name and family legacy there. Gatewood was dealt a bad hand there this year

    3. JerryCat

      Auburn’s other freshman QB is also a 5 star top 50 recruit and they were in a heated offseason battle for the job

  4. chris43

    Florida, LSU, and Mississippi State….I’d love to land this kid but I’m not getting my hopes up.

  5. 2Dogs

    Question here. Not questioning. Would it be better to focus on recruiting a certain style of quarterback or is it better to accumulate the best qb’s no matter the style? It seems Allen and Gatewood are not at all similar. That would seem to be an issue in terms of getting in the right players around them such as the receivers, backs and o-line…

    1. Corder

      I think at this point you take what you can get, considering our lack of QBs since stoops has been here. Going forward though I’m right there with you. Time to start getting a game plane together and figure out what kind of offense we want to run and an offense they can pitch to recruits. Obviously our run game has done good enough to get quite a few RBs now weather that be on the roster or future recruits. The only way for us to take that next step is to have a actual identity on offense and we have not had that at all since stoops has been here.

    2. Middy

      Seems like we’ve had an identity to for several years now. Good O line and smash mouth run game. The only part that’s been sporadic is explosiveness. When Boom left early we lost that element and struggled to replace it. I don’t think there is much question or debate that we want to establish the run game every time out.

  6. clarks

    Quit guaranteeing that he wins the job. Maybe he does maybe he doesnt but high school rankings mean squat. Justin fields didnt beat out frohm even though he was #1 an. Morgan newton had similiar stats and was a 5* on one service. Meyers even tried to get him to replace tebow. No problem bringing him in to compete for the job but if allen has that IT factor he could win out. We do need more talent in QB room.

  7. RAGE

    I hate to say this but after watching Stoops teams over the last few seasons if I was Beau Allen or his parent I wouldn’t want him to come to UK… If Stoops has proved anything it is that he doesn’t want a pocket passing type of QB… Gatewood is more of what Stoops want and the style of play that he wants to use… Stoops has proved that this season more than any other.. in him playing Lynn Bowden at QB instead of playing Sawyer Smith…

    if I was Allen’s dad I would def have him reconsider his commitment and go somewhere that he is going to get to use his arm talent.. Stoops and Gran have proven that they are not interested in a passing offense.. Allen can really throw the ball and if I was in his circle I would push him to West Virginia where the coach will let him show off his arm talent.. I don’t mean this as taking a shot against Stoops or Gran but it is clear how Stoops wants to play… I really think Beau Allen will come to regret coming to UK.. Location would be the only reason that Beau Allen would even consider coming to play for us at UK.. cause there ain’t any reason a pocket passing QB would even include Kentucky in their top 20 choices

    1. shelby3605

      The best offensive performance by a qb i’ve seen under stoops was drew barker in the 1st half of his 1st game vs so miss. He got hurt in that half and never recovered. I honestly think THAT is Gran’s ideal offense—look at what his offenses did at cincy. Given that, i’ve never more bad luck with qb injuries than we’ve had this year. If Gatewood comes here, i hope he is a serviceable passer. Can’t be run only and succeed in the SEC.

  8. bigbluebg

    Stoops has had passers. Stephen Johnson ran a little, threw a lot. Stoops has had guys that run more than pass. Both have been successful, so RAGE I would say Stoops (really whoever the QC is at the time) uses the player to their strengths, and that’s exactly what good coaches do. So yea bring em both and let the best man win, whoever is the back up should stay ready. One play and the backup becomes the man.

    It’s football. You need depth at every position, if you can’t land depth across the board then UK will never win the SEC East.


    I can’t see him going to LSU now that they run such a pass happy scheme . I think it’s between us and state . Florida probably has a couple four stars redshirting already . I think we get him

  10. kjd

    “develop as a passer”
    Guy’s a runner first, average passer. We won’t be serious contenders until we land a quality passing QB with natural QB instincts and leadership.



  12. zoupman

    Didn’t this guy just quit on his teammates mid season?
    No thank you.

  13. csnailnrun

    Unfortunate that Gatewood would be ineligible next year. I’m sure he’d be on fire to go back down to the plains and beat Auburn when we play them next year.

    1. zoupman

      He has played in 7 games this year. No way he should be eligible next year.

  14. TBW3011

    Hope we get him, but I’ll temper my expectations considering Auburn’s current QB that beat him out sucks.