A lot can happen in 20 minutes. After you watch Kentucky Sports Radio’s conversation with Terry Wilson, prepare to experience unprecedented excitement for the 2020 Kentucky football season.
The last time we spoke with Terry Wilson, he was a college student rehabilitating an injured knee. Today he’s a college graduate and an expecting father with an injury that has almost completely healed.
“Right now I’m 90 percent,” Wilson said. “I’m running full-speed. I’m cutting, doing the little things. The knee’s feeling fine. It’s getting back to how it was. I’m still strengthening my quad of course, but the knee overall is fine. The knee isn’t a problem at all. The rest of that is strengthening my leg. I’m feeling fine.”
While the coronavirus has slowed the world to a screeching halt, it allowed Wilson to focus 100 percent of his time and energy into the rehab process, one that he was able to continue to perform at UK. He’s also been able to throw to many of his wide receivers that stayed in town after campus was closed. “Excited” would inappropriately describe how he’s feeling as his return draws near.
“This offense is really going to be explosive. It’s not just talk.”
The most difficult part of the rehab process for Wilson wasn’t physical. Mentally he had hurdles to overcome while watching his teammates struggle from the sideline. Despite the emotional turmoil, he found ways to grow as a player within Eddie Gran’s offense. When watching some of his old game tape from 2018, he could not believe what he saw.
“I remember in the first year, we’re at A&M and it’s wild. It’s just totally wild. It’s crazy. I’m seeing ghosts. I think I’m going here with the ball and I’m holding the ball too long. I go back and look at that stuff and I’m just like, wow. Oh my gosh,” he continued. “I’m like man, it’s embarrassing.”
We did not simply discuss his low moments from 2018. Terry broke down the film of some of his best plays from the Wildcats’ historic victory over Florida. Even after that win, Terry’s biggest critics were not silenced. From that criticism he learned a new way to deal with adversity.
“At first it ticked me off. That competitiveness in me, that made me want to prove myself. Going into that first year I got into trouble trying to force things and just not playing ball how it should be played. It’s something that can affect you if you let it.”
After almost a year away from football, Wilson’s had time to reflect on his failures and prepare for more success in 2020. Kentucky’s quarterback is ready to take the Wildcats to new heights.
If you’re too busy to watch, you can hear the entire conversation with Terry Touchdown by subscribing to the KSR Football Podcast.