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Kentucky’s Quarterback Competition Might Not End Before Season Opener

Mark Stoops is in no rush to name a starting quarterback.  In fact, Kentucky’s quarterback competition might not be decided until after the 2018 regular season starts.  UK’s head coach revealed after the spring game that he could play Gunnar Hoak AND Terry Wilson before a decision is made.

“Whoever gets under center and takes the first snap that I have a lot of confidence in them. I have confidence in all these guys,” Stoops said.

“I think it’s also fair to say that I need to see both of them in a game because scrimmages are different, practices are different, and when the lights come on and you’re in a game situation and the bullets are flying and you’re really taking sacks and you’re really getting hit, it’s important to see how they play in games. That’s why I’m not in any big hurry.”

Up until this point, Stoops and his staff have always described this as a head-to-head battle.  Tonight was the first time they have ever mentioned playing both quarterbacks in the regular season.  Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was on the same page as the head coach.

“I think this thing’s going to go down to the wire, and maybe you have two of them.  Who knows?  I don’t know,” Gran said.  “They bring something different.  Certainly you could see that tonight.”

They bring a different set of skills, but Gran does not believe the offense would need to be dramatically altered to play Wilson and Hoak in the same game.

“I don’t think you need to change one thing on offense for what we do.  Gunnar runs it well enough.  For every read we have in our run game, he can make yards.”

It’s difficult to account for rushing yards when the quarterbacks are not tackled.  In the passing game, Hoak and Wilson were almost identical.

  • Hoak: 14-of-25, 121 yards and one touchdown.
  • Wilson: 10-of-24 passes, 131 yards and one interception

“I don’t think anything really jumped out at me that I hadn’t seen most of the spring,” Stoops said.

As of now, Kentucky has two quarterbacks.  If nothing changes over the summer, that could still be the case when the season starts on September 1 against Central Michigan.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Kentucky’s Quarterback Competition Might Not End Before Season Opener

  1. krautdog
    10:56 am April 14, 2018 Permalink

    This is a GREAT q-back combo. I don’t know why coaches say you can’t win with two. Q’backs are like pitchers-you’re not @ you’re best EVERYDAY! Seems I remember LSU and Florida won National Championships with 2 Q’backs. Hoak AND Wilson looked good!

  2. satcheluk
    6:52 am April 15, 2018 Permalink

    Their accuracy seemed to improve as the game went in, but our deep ball accuracy is still pretty bad.