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SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic talks UK’s QB battle


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Cole Cubelic is in Lexington to call the Blue-White Game for the SEC Network tomorrow evening, so Kentucky Sports Radio radio invited him by the studio Thursday morning to preview the Cats’ scrimmage and the season ahead.

Cubelic had a number of things to talk about regarding UK’s team going into Stoops’ sixth season, but let’s focus on what everyone’s wondering about this spring: Who will be the quarterback?

I would have to say Terry Wilson would be your guy,” Cubelic told KSR, “just based off experience and somebody who’s been around the game a little bit longer, if had to say someone is in the lead. But I think that thing is neck and neck and neck. I think it’s really close between three different guys. I don’t think there’s a real true leader.

His comment that it’s a three-man race and not just two, means he believes redshirt freshman Danny Clark is in the mix with Wilson and Gunnar Hoak.

When asked if he really thinks Clark has a shot at winning the job, Cubelic explained, “In this offense, yes. If we’re talking about a Texas Tech offense or a Washington State offense, maybe not. But with the way Eddie Gran manages this offense, he doesn’t have to have his quarterback do a whole lot.

“Now I think (Gran) wants a quarterback who can open it up and do some different things,” he continued, “but this offense doesn’t require a guy that has to go out and throw the ball 45, 50 times a game and be able to throw darts down the field on a consistent basis. He just wants you to manage things in this offense. Eddie Gran is a ‘take what the defense gives him’ type coach.”

He added that Gran’s offense is all about managing your roster and managing your team’s identity, and with a defensive line that couldn’t get stops last year, Kentucky will win games by controlling the clock on offense, not trying to air it out.

“It’s about managing who you are and managing your roster.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 responses to “SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic talks UK’s QB battle”

  1. Alex90

    I get that the coaches have to say theres a competition but Terry Wilson is the starting QB. He had better programs offer him so there’s a reason he picked UK. Cal doesn’t have to promise a starting spot to get a player but my guess is Stoops does.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Yup, they didn’t bring Wilson in to sit on the bench.

  2. chris43

    I sure hope that it’s fairly obvious that Wilson is the QB by play on the field. I realize that it’s early but as the old saying goes…”if you have two QB’s…it usually means that you don’t have one”. Well they claim that we have 3 including a redshirt freshman. If he can compete with the other two and is already challenging them that’s usually not a good sign unless he’s a prodigy or similar.

  3. UKfanforlife

    I am not a huge fan of Gran. He has under performed in my opinion. Yes, I and everyone else expects the juco kid to start from day one.

    I would prefer to see a big arm QB be the starter. The bottom line is that they need to put points on the board. The passing game has been crap, because they have not had a QB with a D1 arm, which is confusing to see the lesser teams come into Lexington and have the better passing QB.

    I don’t mind a mobile QB, but am tired of having a running QB with a jelly arm that can’t get the ball down the field.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Don’t think SJ had a jelly arm; main problem was accuracy, many times he overshot his receivers.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      Let me guess: you think Gunnar Hoak should start?

    3. BluKudzu

      Do not think because the opposing team had a great QB when playing us, we just did not have a strong D. We made a lot of opposing QBs, last year, look like Heisman candidates.
      Stoops and Grand will pick the best, and until we get “that guy” we will run the ball with a ferocious back and good line.

  4. callitlikeiseeit

    Not true, there have been many cases where the backups had to come in due to injury and they ended up being better, or just as good as, the original starter. Look at Bama in title game, starter was playing really bad and backup was great. Look at UGA, Eason gets hurt and Fromm leads them to title game and now Eason is gone. There have been many others but these 2 stood out as most recent and in big moments.

    1. runningunnin.454

      You’re correct, and two good examples.

  5. miggy911

    every quarterback we face has their personal best against us. We could face Ellen Calipari quarterbacking Morehead and she’d put up four hundred yards and six touchdowns and sit the second half

    1. UK Big Board Update

      And still go to a bowl game.

      Good job, good effort.

  6. miggy911

    Mark Stoops to Eddie Gran at the end of first quarter, “Hey Eddie, we’re up 3 nothing end of first quarter, sit on the ball, we’ll try to hold them”

  7. secrick

    You know it sounds like Grans offense is kind of boring but it’s not really. I would rather have the guy say yes this guy will start he is great because he is that good instead of 3 QBs that are just ok.

  8. UKinIN

    It looks to me like Wilson is the starter but he can’t be officially given the job until fall camp. Stoops needs to keep Hoak and Clark in Lexington. It’s Wilson’s first spring and he doesn’t know the playbook so keep the competition open until the fall when Wilson has had the time to earn the job.

  9. east-ky-boy

    I believe they know behind closed doors who’s the starter. They won’t tell the media or players until fall. It keeps them striving