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



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?


Article written by Bryan the Intern

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

  1. UK_Finchy
    10:44 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    A “deceased” running attack? Savage.

  2. RackEmWillie
    10:50 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Well, everybody seems to be in love with Gran The Great and Powerful, so it’s only logical that he will have a better year.

  3. e56
    10:51 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    “less interceptions” you guys need a proof reader.

  4. livingood4UK
    11:45 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Deceased running attack is slightly harsh

    • 72uksprinter
      12:16 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Yes. Really sorry to learn our running backs died. Who knew.
      Require Improved Proofreading!

  5. kjd
    12:20 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Disagree that running attack will be “decreased”. We have 3 very capable RBs plus one still to come.
    Numbers should increase based on our defense. D won’t be what it was. Will need to score more points thus offensive production must increase.

    • RackEmWillie
      12:57 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      That doesn’t make logical sense. Because it’s assuming that the lack of offensive production was just because the defense was so good. As good as the defense was last year, the offense should have been worlds better than they were. The defense didn’t allow a single first down against Mizzou in the 2nd half, and all the offense could create was 1 TD off of a controversial pass interference.