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Chemistry Continues to Build Between Inexperienced Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers



The quarterback competition has remained relatively news free throughout the spring.  Terry Wilson, Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark have all received mixed reviews and Eddie Gran is in no rush to name a starter.

Touchdown Terry brings more hype than any other, but right now it’s all hype.  Gran said Wilson has a long way to go, which is right where he should be.

We gotta remember where Stephen Johnson was at this point.  Everybody was like, ‘Whew!  Not quite sure.’  It’s the quarterback position, it’s tough.”

He added: “I just gotta remind myself to kind of mellow out.  There’s gonna be some growing pains and that’s gonna be okay, but that’s where everybody else has to pick it up.”

The best way for quarterbacks to separate themselves in the final two weeks of practice is to grow closer to their wide receivers.  The better their relationship, the easier it becomes to make big plays.

“It’s the biggest thing in football,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said.  “I tell our guys to spend as much time with the quarterbacks as possible because they’re going to make or break you, and you’re going to make or break them.”

The extra time Wilson and Bowden spent together over spring break paid off during Saturday’s scrimmage.  Wilson was not supposed to throw the deep ball to Bowden, but the quarterback trusted his wide receiver to make a play, even though it wasn’t a great throw.  Bowden made an incredibly athletic play, but credited it all to his chemistry with the QB.

You won’t see why the play worked on tape.  That happened after the play when Wilson rushed down the sideline to congratulate Lynn.  “That relationship and that cultivation between them and the rest of the guys is what you’re looking for from both of those positions,” Smith said.

They are far from perfect, especially the receivers.  Inexperience is no longer an acceptable excuse for Gran.

“I’m tired of talking about youth at receiver,” the offensive coordinator said.  “We have no more youth at receiver.  There is no more.  They are veterans now.  It’s time to drop and it’s time to go.  Today they did.  There’s hope out there, there really is.”


What makes Wilson even more hopeful — there is still so much time to learn more about his teammates.

“It’s developing, it’s just gonna take time.  That’s why you gotta get those guys together on your own time and learn everything you can about those guys, because that’s really important.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Chemistry Continues to Build Between Inexperienced Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers

  1. krautdog
    8:44 pm April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Anybody know Gunner Hoak?

    • kjd
      9:38 pm April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Won’t hear anything here about Hoak until he transfers.

    • cats646
      9:49 pm April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Have you ever thought maybe Hoak isn’t all he’s cracked up to be?

    • kjd
      7:14 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

      At KSR, Hoak doesn’t matter. Never a question asked or a quote from him. Wilson is their guy. Even Clark has been quoted. Hoak is splitting first team reps with Wilson. Just don’t understand KSR on this one.

    • Alex90
      10:46 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

      Hello Mr. Hoak
      I hope your son gets mentioned soon before you cry.

  2. N-UR-i
    8:22 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

    At this point KSR is just thumbing their nose at you all about Gunner Hoak on purpose. Like Trump does with Liberals.

  3. Le Docteur
    8:45 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

    But but but…they’re football EXPERTS at KSR. They’re all in on Wilson and that must mean he’s far superior to whatever that other guy’s name is.

    • Alex90
      10:45 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

      They have said multiple times they are not experts, just regular guys talking sports.

  4. KentuckyFan232
    10:15 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

    A lot of keyboard warriors in this comment section. You can talk all you want when you are behind a screen!

  5. kydrummer
    11:50 am April 4, 2018 Permalink

    I think Hoak will be the starting QB!

  6. satcheluk
    10:24 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    A lot of whiners in here.