With Gunnar Hoak’s departure from the Kentucky football program, the quarterback room is quite thin behind Terry Wilson, the returning starter from last year’s 10-win season. Wilson is the guy again in 2019; after him, though, it is a very inexperienced bunch.
The three backup QB options combine for exactly zero minutes of real college football action. They’ve taken the same amount of snaps as you and me in the SEC. Two of them aren’t even on campus yet; the other, Lexington’s own Walker Wood, will be in his third season on the roster but hasn’t seen the field since joining the team as an early enrollee in January of 2017.
Here is a little bit more about each of the three options behind Wilson:
The Veteran With No Game Experience
Walker Wood | So. (RS) | 6-0 | 189 | Lexington, Ky.
Wood has been in UK’s QB room longer than anyone, but he has yet to take an actual snap on the field. He finally worked his way back into playing shape after multiple injuries, but he would be hard to trust if thrown into action against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference.
In this month’s Blue-White spring game, Wood went 3-for-5 with one very ugly interception, thrown directly into the hands of linebacker Jordan Wright.
The True Freshmen
Amani Gilmore | Fr.| 6-2 | 180 | Amite, La.
Gilmore is a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Louisiana, who also dabbles in a little baseball as a left-handed pitcher. In fact, he intends to play baseball at Kentucky and already has Mark Stoops’ blessing to do so.
But on the football field, Gilmore is a playmaker and a winner, having led his high school to a 14-1 record and a state title in his senior season. He recorded six touchdowns and took home MVP honors in Louisiana’s 2A championship game.
The 247 Sports Composite ranked Gilmore as the No. 39 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class and the 42nd best prospect out of the Bayou State. The scouting report on him says raw and undeveloped, in part because of his time spent playing baseball.
Nik Scalzo | Fr.| 6-0 | 175 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Nik Scalzo sees himself as a young Baker Mayfield: a little undersized for his position; overlooked by several schools for being a couple inches too short; creative with the ball in his hands; and eager to prove everyone wrong at the next level. He told KSR, “(Mayfield) is my favorite player ever. I would consider myself the same play-style as him. I’m not as cocky as him, but we have the same mentality because we’re both short quarterbacks. We’ve both been told our whole lives that we can’t do it.”
Scalzo put up Mayfield-like numbers at Cardinal Gibbons. He led his high school team to a combined 32-6 record in his three seasons as the starting quarterback, before tearing his ACL in a state playoff game this past December. Recovery has gone better than expected and he is cleared to join the team this summer.
The 247 Sports Composite ranked Scalzo as the No. 28 dual-threat QB.