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Kentucky’s quarterback controversy isn’t a controversy at all

Last Monday, Mark Stoops announced Terry Wilson as Kentucky’s starting quarterback going into the Central Michigan game, and it was a decision most expected. The junior college transfer got off to a slow start when fall camp came around, but quickly turned it around in the latter half during scrimmages. By the end, Wilson separated himself from redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak through the air and on the ground.

“Terry Wilson will open up game one as the starter,” Stoops said at Monday’s press conference. “He’s won the quarterback battle. It’s been an ongoing battle, as you know. I have great respect for all our quarterbacks. I feel like we have a great quarterback room. The other quarterbacks with Gunnar and Danny, in particular, they’ve put up a great fight and they’ve done a lot of things in a lot of ways to win the job as well. Ultimately, with all the things that we looked at, we decided on Terry and we’re excited about Terry and what he’s going to do this week.”

Unfortunately for Wilson, his much-anticipated debut on Saturday ended with more questions than answers at the quarterback position.

He finished the day 11/18 through the air for just 78 yards to go with 38 rushing yards on nine carries. He also added two interceptions and a fumble.

The legend of “Terry Touchdown” quickly developed into “Terry Turnover.”

On his third drive of the day, Wilson found himself face-to-face with a Central Michigan defender and fumbled the ball immediately. He eventually blamed it on his sleeve getting in the way, but it wasn’t a good look regardless. The Chippewas recovered, eventually leading to three points on the board. For a player as talented with the football in his hands as Wilson, it was a careless and inexcusable muff. Mistake No. 1.

He followed it up on the next drive with a solid throw to CJ Conrad that resulted in a pass interference call in favor of the Cats, a 14-yard dart to Josh Ali, and then AJ Rose scampered 55 yards for a touchdown. Kentucky took over the lead and Wilson seemed to settle in a bit.

On the next series and his very next throw, he was picked off in the end zone by a Central Michigan defender. In his defense, Tavin Richardson was tripped up in the end zone in what should have been a pass interference call. It was a solid ball by Wilson, and would’ve likely been a touchdown to Richardson if the redshirt junior receiver was able to finish out his route. Nonetheless, mistake No. 2 for Wilson, and it led to seven points the other way. To add to the suffering, Lynn Bowden fumbled for a CMU scoop-and-score on the very next play, pushing the Chippewa lead to ten.

Wilson followed it up with back-to-back misses to David Bouvier and CJ Conrad, though he added a 13-yard run to keep the drive moving. Benny Snell saved the day with a 52-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to just three.

The defense forced a three-and-out, and the Cats had a golden opportunity to retake the lead before half. Wilson had a solid broken tackle and scramble (ended up being for no gain, but it looked pretty), and then followed it up with a beautiful throw to Lynn Bowden for an 11-yard first down. And then he had his worst throw of the day, throwing a horrible duck to the sideline which was picked off by Central Michigan’s Gage Kreski for 36 yards to the Kentucky 10-yard line. To make matters worse, Wilson was hit after the throw and suffered a shoulder injury, immediately heading to the locker room once he was able to stand on his own.

Once again, the Kentucky defense did their part, holding the Chippewas to just six yards and a field goal in just 28 seconds. With Wilson still in the locker room getting his shoulder checked out, it gave Gunnar Hoak the opportunity to come in and take the lead before half and reenergize the Kentucky sideline and fanbase.

First play, beautiful ball to David Bouvier over the middle for 19 yards, followed by another to the senior wideout on the sideline to stop the clock. Sihiem King busted through for eight yards to move the chains with 55 ticks remaining. Hoak then tossed it to the outside to Bouvier again, missing and drilling CMU’s Trevor Apsey in the chest for what should’ve been an easy pick-six the other way. Hoak took advantage of the gift, hitting Bouvier again for a wide open 24-yard touchdown over the middle of the field.

Kentucky took a 21-20 lead as halftime hit, and as you’d imagine, Hot Take Twitter blew up. Hoak was instantly Tom Brady, knocking out Drew Bledsoe and taking the team to the promise land. You wouldn’t dare put Wilson back in the game with the way the backup was balling, right?

And then a reality check hit in the second half. Hoak took the field for two drives after the intermission, each leading to a three-and-out for the Cats. The new quarterback hit Bowden high on the outside, leading to just two yards and a rib-crushing takedown by the Chippewa defender. He was then rushed out of the pocket and then skipped a pass across the dirt short to Dorian Baker. Punt.

Rose moved the chains with runs of seven, ten, and ten yards, followed by a four-yard run by King. Hoak then sailed two balls well past Baker and Bouvier, forcing the punt yet again. The Hoak hype train quickly simmered down a bit.

Wilson came in to replace Hoak, and immediately led the Cats down the field for Snell’s second touchdown of the day. He had one solid ball to Bowden that resulted in a pass interference call and another 10-yard pickup to the CMU ten on a scramble.

On the next drive, Wilson found CJ Conrad for a short gain on the sideline, and followed it up by threading the needle on a 21-yard pass to Baker over the middle. It was easily his best throw of the day, and it led to another touchdown by Rose near the goal line.

In his final drive, Wilson added another eight-yard dash and a 12-yard first down throw to Clevan Thomas out of the slot. He marched down the field to the Central Michigan 31, where he made his only real mistake of the second half. On a fourth-and-eight conversion attempt, he tried to hit Sihiem King on a left-sideline wheel route, bouncing the throw off of CMU’s Malik Fountain’s helmet. If Fountain had turned his head around in time, there was a solid chance for an interception. Wilson will have to clean up those close throws going forward.

But overall, it was a successful and much-needed second half performance.

As Garden City coach Jeff Sims told KSR yesterday, “Where Terry makes mistakes is when he tries to be too much Peyton Manning and not enough Russell Wilson.” That throw to King was an example of that, where he went for the fancy conversion instead of going with what he knows and thrives at.

But again, this is Wilson’s first time under center as a college quarterback, and the mistakes are going to come. The way he plays football is a bit high-risk, high-reward. He’s going to make plays that you haven’t seen at Kentucky in years, and he’s also going to make some boneheaded rookie mistakes.

Even at JUCO, he threw for 2,113 passing yards (58 percent) and 26 touchdowns… but added 11 interceptions. He rushed for 518 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in 11 games… but added four fumbles.

“You think flaws, I see experience,” Sims told KSR. “You’ve got to realize he was still a first-year quarterback for us last year.”

He’s very new to college football and has to work the kinks out, but that will absolutely come in time. One mediocre half of football should not push fans to the ledge.

As we have seen with Patrick Towles’ opening touchdown drive against Mississippi State and Drew Barker’s magical scoring possession against Vanderbilt in each of their debuts, one pretty score doesn’t tell the whole story, and shouldn’t be used as a driving point for the replacement of a quarterback that coaches watched throughout an entire camp.

If you’ll remember, Stephen Johnson started his career with a reality check in The Swamp, followed by a solid comeback effort against New Mexico State when Barker suffered his season-ending back injury. He tossed for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 77 percent passing. The next game, however, Johnson threw for just 135 yards and an interception, followed by an 89-yard performance against Alabama.

His worst game of the season, and likely his career, came immediately after against Vanderbilt, when he tossed for just 49 yards on 10-24 passing, no touchdowns, and an interception. And the stats don’t even tell the full story. There were at least seven balls dropped by Commodore defenders that should have been picked off, and the completions Johnson did have weren’t pretty in the slightest.

He was trending downward, and folks were calling for Hoak to replace the junior college transfer as a true freshman.

Johnson finally turned it around, highlighted by his 338-yard, three-touchdown performance against Louisville. He led the team to back-to-back seven win seasons, and cemented himself as the biggest fan-favorite quarterback since Andre Woodson and Jared Lorenzen. There was an adjustment period, but things worked out in the end.

And there’s a solid shot Wilson will follow a similar path.

“I’ve been very loyal to the starting quarterbacks here and they have not been on a short leash,” Stoops told the this past Monday. “We’ve been very supportive of that. If it comes to a point where you absolutely have to make a change, we’ll take another look. I want to be loyal to the starting quarterback and give him every opportunity and not have him looking over his shoulder as well.”

The coaching staff shouldn’t, and likely won’t, go away from Wilson at Florida next week. They watched him over the course of an entire fall camp, where he flat-out won the job. He has the talent, he just needs to build the experience.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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107 Comments for Kentucky’s quarterback controversy isn’t a controversy at all



  1. cats646
    2:25 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Wilson is better than Hoak. No doubt in my mind. Just hope he can shake off the turnovers.



    • krautdog
      2:36 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      “Turnover Terry”!



    • cats646
      2:39 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      No I’m talking about terry Wilson. The one that outplayed Hoak.



    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      3:29 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Outplayed Hoak? How do you possibly quantify that? Wilson may be the guy for the job but by any recognized measure he certainly did not outplay Hoak.



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:48 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      U r crazy…he is faster that is ALL dude!



    • CatsfaninFL
      5:26 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak followed up his great first drive with 2 empty possessions, oversailed passes, and almost got Bowden killed. Neither played great. As we have to remember, these coaches see these guys 6 days a week and trust they make the right call based on what WE see on gameday AND they see all week in practice.



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:49 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      He scored in 55 seconds…both u and the coaches are blind!



    • Blue Bill
      6:54 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, the coaches that million dollar salaries and see the players in action every single day are “blind” and don’t know near as much as awesome CombatMedic does… Ha! Think you have some head trauma CM.



    • abobicesaevior
      4:03 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Wilson outplayed Hoak. His upside is much higher also.



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      5:50 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Wilson did NOT outplay Hoak, other way around 100% but I do agree Wilson can be the man



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:45 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Agree



    • CombatMedic_98
      11:33 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Next year



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:50 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Based on stats brother you must be lost in the sauce



    • bigbluebanana
      9:25 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Your saying Hoak is better based off of “stats” from one game? By your logic, based on only one game, Kevin Love is a WAY better basketball player than LBJ because of one game he got more points, rebounds, and assists! I don’t know who is/will be better, but it was one game and your logic isn’t sound at all…but, that’s tradition for you.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:45 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah for two years Hoak has better stats!



    • CombatMedic_98
      11:35 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      So uhhhh imagine if he got play longer brain…



    • cats646
      10:42 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Terry had a better completion percentage than Hoak. And he threw more passes. Based on stats, he is better.



    • willmenser
      3:36 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Terry has more options. If Hoak is in, he must pass, he won’t be able to run and do the Wildcat stuff Terry does. So, if he’s in, he had better be deadly accurate. He was on the first drive, but after that Touchdown pass, he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. He was missing receivers by YARDS. Yes Terry threw two picks, but Hoak was lucky he didn’t have two himself. At the end of the day though, this was both of their first games and they both showed great flashes.



    • Wade
      9:28 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Tried to make him Stephen Johnson when he needs to be terry… dumb it down with options for him Benny lynn and cj,, bouvier is solid and we have some big receiver for 1 on. 1 but we must move the chains and keep defenses reeling



    • 4everUKblue
      7:51 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak was 4/9 and should have had an int and would have if the defender had not had hands of stone…..And he cannot run.



  2. krautdog
    2:35 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    So why this long, drawn out awkward [email protected] a closing argument?



  3. makeitstop
    2:49 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    QB rating for game 127 v 75 in favor of Hoak. You can say u think it’s an aberration and Terry got a bad break where Hoak got a lucky break, but how u look at this and say “he’s way better” is a mystery to me. I’m not sure more exciting is better, when u have a solid line and a pair of 100 yard rushers. How about a guy who can keep the defense honest by hitting receivers in stride on 15-20 yard patterns. In control, good mechanics and smart decisions is what I’d opt for but Stoops gets paid a lot to make that call. He better make the right one.



    • krautdog
      3:05 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      AMEN AMEN & AMEN!!!



    • cats646
      3:17 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      I didn’t say he was way better. Just better. Hoak had one good drive. The rest of the time he was in was complete garbage. 3 and outs. Wilson shook off the turnovers and had a solid second half. He is also better at one very important thing, making pass rushers miss. He throws just fine. He had no time at all to throw the ball as he got nailed on his second interception. And on the first one he threw a 50/50 ball to take a shot at the end zone and our receiver fell. You have to look at how the turnovers happened to see who is at fault. The only thing I fully blame him for is the fumble. And it was in his first D1 college game. Chill out, he will be fine. And he is already better than Hoak.



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:50 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      He is faster than Hoak…that’s it!



    • Nick
      7:29 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      How does everyone defend Terry with “it was his first game” then go on to criticize Hoak??? Hoak hasn’t played a game since high school and Terry played master year at the Juco level. Terry was named the starter and had more preparation, we should expect more from him. Hoak’s 1st drive was better than anything Terry did and was thrown into a mess where they was losing at home with less than a minute before half to produce… I thought for sure they was going to just run the clock out. As far as Hoak’s completion percentage, one of those balls he sailed out of bounds instead of forcing a turnover and another scrambling out of a collapsing pocket and trying to find a WR, which he moved his feet pretty good for the ones that think he can only stand there flat footed. Apparently the thing that separates Terry for Gunnar is his legs but he didn’t really do much with them.

      Go back to the spring and watch his first drive if the 2nd half… It’s very similar to his first half drive and I think if he had more than 3 offensive drives it would show.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      3:38 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      And if Richardson stayed up and caught the touchdown in the endzone? Pick turns into a touchdown. If CMU defender catches Hoak’s pick-six throw? His touchdown drive is gone. QB rating doesn’t tell the full story.
      In Hoak’s back-to-back three-and-outs in the second half, he sure didn’t hit receivers in stride on 15-20 yard patterns. His throws weren’t even close. May want to increase sample size before we rush to judgement on Wilson’s first half of D1 football.



    • Blue Bill
      3:41 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Amen JP.



    • Le Docteur
      6:49 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      All the media guys like JP are white-washing this. They deified Wilson, he had a bad game and now they’re trying to tell us “don’t believe your eyes.” Watch again Einstein. Wilson fumbled without being hit and there’s no way Hoak’s bad pass would have been a pick 6. And saying Richardson would have caught that end zone pass had he not fallen down is just ridiculous. Who could possibly know. Give this b.s. a rest. Let’s see how Wilson does against Florida. You media guys act like we can’t look up the ridiculous man-love you wrote all August.



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:51 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Two series and Hoak stinks…whole game of errors and Wilson is the best…he didn’t do squat except help the other team score!



    • MadHatter
      5:30 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      If only ifs and buts were candy and nuts, jack…



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      5:52 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      To many IF’s in that comment



    • Secret Squirrel
      8:14 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Jack Pilgrim should have ended this article with “fair and balanced” because he came across like a FOX News reporter with his slighted opinions and incorrect information in supporting his choice in quarterbacks. He apparently does not know what a 3 and out is? Jack if you really think Richardson would have caught the pass that was intercepted in the end zone you need to quit covering football. The defender had position. The pass might have been thrown to Bouvier because he had a better chance of catching it. Why are you trashing one of our players? You would think Hoak was the opposing quarterback and you were writing a rebuttal article in support of Wilson.



    • MadHatter
      9:23 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve been saying that too squirrel. I never thought Wilson was throwing it to Richardson.



    • abobicesaevior
      4:04 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak’s throws were mostly terrible in the 2nd half and almost threw a pick 6 in the 1st half. Wilson is clearly the better option going forward.



    • catfanjd
      4:16 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Good mechanics? I was very disappointed in Hoak’s mechanics. I was disappointed with both options frankly. You can talk about 100 yard rushers all you want but except for 1 series our OL was not opening gashing holes like I would have expected. I would have thought a 3rd year guy would have had better mechanics than Hoak showed. Let’s hope the offense takes a leap somehow next week or it is going to be a long season



    • cats646
      4:50 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Terry Wilson-11/18 > Gunnar Hoak-4/9
      And two of Terry’s throws were drops on the receivers end. It should’ve been 13/18. As of right now he is clearly the better option. That may change, but I doubt it.



    • Nick
      8:01 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Terry was 13 of 18… don’t forget about the two passes he threw to Central Michigan



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:47 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      LOL…he’s new guys!



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:33 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      And “hypothetically” if Gunnar would have stayed in he would have thrown for 5 TD’s!!!!!



    • 4everUKblue
      7:54 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^YES!



  4. Blue Bill
    3:40 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think anybody has seen enough of either of them to make an intelligent decision. Of course intelligent being the key word there. I’ll trust the coaches that see them everyday to give us the best chance to win games, it’s not like their huge salaries are dependent upon that or anything.



    • ukkatzfan
      4:07 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Applause.



    • Skooms
      4:26 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you BB! That’s how I feel 100%. We have no clue with such a small sample size of one single game. The first game of the season. Chris Fisher had a nice article on CP about how every first home start QB at UK had done since 2000. It wasn’t pretty at all! Some of our better QBs had horrible first games. We gotta wait and see how the next few weeks go first.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:49 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Ummm if you watched Gunner Hoak the last two Spring games and go back and review the stats he was the most consistent QB we had based on playing time. Why do the Coaches and bonehead “Back it up Terry” Wilson not see this!?



  5. CombatMedic_98
    3:52 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Wilson will sit the rest of the season after the first quarter against Florida…watch!



    • abobicesaevior
      4:05 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll take that bet.



    • Blue Bill
      6:49 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      I thought you were done and gone since Wilson went back in? Go somewhere…



    • Blue Bill
      6:51 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      You’re on crack. “Coach”.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:55 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Combat medic you must have been guarding the poppy fields too long. It’s clear you have no clue about football.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:44 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      I could make my user name “heartsurgeon96”, doesn’t mean it’s true!



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:50 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Ohhh Lord here we go with “Banana Rama” again…



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:52 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Based on your understanding you would be right…yet that’s not factual according to reality!



  6. bailey000
    4:36 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    I love the way every fan base everywhere in the country judge first games. It’s game 1 I hope the entire team grows from it. Obviously, the way the offense looked with Hoak early will make the coaches pull the trigger quicker if Terry has trouble. When u announce a starter you have to give that player a chance, because if not any player in there will be looking over their shoulder. You can’t be scared of losing your job once the season has started. No matter who our QB is, there will be mistakes. As a QB you have to live with your mistakes and learn going forward. Too many of you guys no nothing about people or football. Go Big Blue. I trust our coach.



  7. CombatMedic_98
    4:41 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    He has to learn more than five play sets to run our offense



  8. krautdog
    5:02 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    And if, and if & if…..!!!



  9. Greatcatfan
    5:11 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    With hoak in all a team has to do is set on Bouvier because that’s the only receiver he can hit.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:55 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Ummm he threw completions to 4 or give different receivers while in…Wilson three to Central Michigan for a gain of 14 points for all HOAK Hatin’, no Stats understanding arm-chair Quarterbacks!



    • stunninsteve
      11:07 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with you, CombatMedic_98. I agree with your assessment. You hang in there, don’t pay any attention to these KSR libs with Matt’s nuts in their mouths. They can kick me off here, I’m sick of their one-sided crap anyway. You can’t even speak reasonably with any of them about an opposing view, they just make snarky remarks and go on slapping each other’s rear ends and verbally co-signing one another’s b.s.



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:01 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      Thank u



    • cats646
      5:42 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      I’m not a liberal. And Combatmedic is a dumba$$



    • CombatMedic_98
      3:01 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      Your stats are not accurate about me as well as your opinions on our QB’s



  10. runningunnin.454
    5:19 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    TT doesn’t have to be a Heisman candidate, he doesn’t have to be flashy…but, he has to play solid fundamental football. We can’t have 3 TO’s in a half against a glorified junior college.
    And that fumble was just sorry; looked like the guy said Boo, and Terry just dropped it on the ground; he didn’t even take a solid hit.



  11. Cincy Cayt
    7:59 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    Neither played good or bad enough to disrupt what was settled during camp. Gunnar didn’t turn it over but the he just about telegraphed an INT (lucky) and the offense was stagnant for 3 drives with him in the 2nd half (3 3-and-outs)



  12. ukcats1776.90
    8:14 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

    if terry was white and hoak was black u know liberal matt Jones would be screaming racism because terry is still starting. hoak is way better



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:55 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      10 times better…yes he can RUN and THROW and also HAND OFF…he needs time to settle down and relax! Give Hoak one full quarter and the Offense will sync!



    • cats646
      10:46 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      The offense already did. In the second half, with Terry.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:56 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yep his hand offs to the running back really synced the OFFENSE…you guys are incredibly ignorant.



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:35 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      This about Wilson…he hands off very well!



    • cats646
      10:47 pm September 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’m all for hating on the liberals ukcats but that comment was just ignorant. Explain how Hoak is better.



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:09 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Stats and time of play for those of you that can’t read!



    • Greatcatfan
      4:57 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      And if Hoak actually threw the pick 6 you all would still be saying he’s better even though he was throwing bad passes to anyone not named Bouvier. At least Terry hit receivers who then droped it Gunner couldn’t even do that. Like I said Hoak’s one good drive was only due to the fact the defense was off balance with a new qb in a situation where the d was expecting them to just run it and got surprised by the aggression. As soon as they settled in on Gunner he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:58 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Why does someone always have to make this a racial issue. It only shows your ignorance. Give Hoak one full quarter and he will be sacked half the time. TW had no protection, Hoak is a statue.



    • JoeMoney333
      8:39 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      I mean if we play the race card like you want to do then everyone here just hates Wilson because he’s black. God you’re stupid.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:46 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      There’s the race card I’ve come to expect from some UK “fans”. Thanks for deciding to wait another day before you stop spewing ignorant crap. Well done.



    • stunninsteve
      11:01 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. Matt is a douche 90% of the time. Occasionally he will be nice to a caller like he was the gentleman at the end of the show in Manchester. The rest of the time he’s his normal liberal, self-loathing all-knowing self. Couple guys from East Ky news we’re telling Matt stories this weekend, about his arrogant, butt-holish behavior and attitude. If you comment in these sections in disagreement with Matt and the boys out come his hateful, name-calling pickle washers.



  13. kentuckyrld
    6:11 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Doesn’t seem to make any difference who the quarterback is. Neither of them will be dominant and eventually the inability to consistently pass the ball will cause SEC teams to simply stop the run and the offense will be nonexistent. Win four games, maybe five and that is it.



  14. Rabbi Li
    7:11 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    BTW… what we should be discussing is:

    Which QB will offer us the most explosive offense (considering all the weapons we have) by being given 6 games as the starter?

    I say Hoak.

    ===== The Reasoning: =====
    • Running Game – We have all the ingredients for one of the most lethal running games in the Stoops era. Snell + Rose + King along with a solid Offensive line is top notch not just for UK, but for SEC running games. Snell will likely be able to get plenty of rest during long drives, where in the past we’d “have to throw” since he’d have just run 3 plays in a row. Against a tough SEC defense sometimes you just have to leverage your advantage and with multiple RB’s to feed in a critical drive could be gained on the ground to win games (if that’s all the defense is giving us).
    • Passing Game – With a Sr. #1 TE in Conrad, Baker (SR), Richardson (Jr), Bowden, Bouvier (SR), Ali, Epps… & Benny releasing out of the backfield & a line that can give a QB some time… we have all the weapons a passing game needs.

    Based on having so many offensive pieces in place… Kentucky doesn’t have to gimmick offense so much this season because plays ‘should’ be less likely to break down due to a bad line. We can play straight up for once (in 40 years).

    That means put the QB in the game who has the most potential to be an accurate passer. After 6 games Hoak will have more accuracy (with experience) than Wilson. This is due to tendencies… Hoak will hang in the pocket and sharpen his sword (arm). Wilson will run the first moment he feels some pressure in the pocket. Both are advantages to each guy… but the better passer is the one who is dedicated to developing it due to it being their strength (or only weapon).

    This doesn’t mean Wilson can’t develop… it was his first game. He will settle in. I am simply analyzing this team and the potential for us to grow to the highest level by season end.

    This team needs a Tom Brady not a Donovan McNabb. Neither of our QB’s are those guys. But with either we should see some success… this team will FLY if our WR & TE can be unleashed.



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:10 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Thank u



    • krautdog
      9:43 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Very good analysis! Peyton Manning used to pick defenses apart with short(5-10yds) sideline passes and screens. Opened up the running game & set defenses up for downfield pass. We have a great opportunity to do that with our good trio of running backs and the accuracy & decision making of Gunnar.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:58 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      So did all the other QB’s this Saturday…



  15. ukisgr8
    7:13 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Good news is changes will come next year. The oops brothers gotta quit living off Bob. Good thing we have a top notch oc. Would love for him to become head coach



  16. catsarerunnin
    7:33 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Unfortunately I don’t think it matters. Another 6 or 7 win season regardless.



  17. Old man
    7:38 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Prettiest pass Wilson threw all day was the one that hit the defender in the back between the numbers.

    Wilson got all the first team snaps in practice over Hoak. Did that make a difference in Hoak’s performance?

    Though neither one was good, JP and other KSR writers led us to believe Wilson was great. Big letdown. How’s this for an answer. If you want a running QB move one of the running backs there or Bowden… he can pass better that Wilson.



    • ukisgr8
      10:04 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. Im over running qbs. Unless cam newton or michael vick is walking through the door. If wilson is the best we have as people say then its a recruiting coordinator issue or a lack of coaching up players. Might have to rethink my oc comment because we are solid at other skilled positions. So we need a qb to stay in the pocket and get them the ball



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:28 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      He doesn’t know the sets yet…he isn’t ready!



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:29 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Facts…truth…Stats!



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:37 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

      LOL…they must of went to the bathroom n didn’t see this!



  18. 4everUKblue
    8:01 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Combat medic, you must be shell shocked or else you’re just see what you want to see.



  19. CombatMedic_98
    8:06 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Word



  20. CombatMedic_98
    8:09 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    LOL



  21. runningunnin.454
    8:29 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Doesn’t really matter who the QB is; he doesn’t have to carry the team. We have plenty of weapons on offense, and some big play guys.
    Just make safe throws; if it’s not there, learn when to throw it away.
    Be proficient at the mesh points.
    DON’T TURN IT OVER.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:13 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      This should be engraved on the QB area of the Common-, ahem , Kroger Stadium home locker room.



    • krautdog
      9:48 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      AMEN



  22. kjd
    10:25 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Neither QB was good.
    Will have to have much improved play from QBs or just a mediocre season once again.
    Also, simplifying the offense won’t help our chances against SEC defenses.
    At Florida will show what type of season we will have.



    • CombatMedic_98
      10:59 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

      Ummm Hoak was the better QB…let’s look at the stats please before opinions…do you all even watch the game before commenting!?



  23. ukhighflyer
    10:27 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Terry is clearly the better option, he has a MUCH better arm and is mobile. Completed some passes in tight windows. If baker doesn’t drop that post in the first quarter it’s a totally different game



  24. stunninsteve
    10:54 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    KSR and their CNN type slant, gotta love it. Defend Turnover Terry with the “it’s his first game” bullcrap while at the same time ripping Hoak with the same line of reasoning. They’ve been plugging for Wilson the whole time, and they will never back off that stance. Now they’re trying to make Stoops mind up for him it seems by suggestion with bull crap articles such as this. No, UK doesn’t make decisions based on KSR propaganda, but it’s still annoying to come here for news and insight and be fed horse crap like “it’s really not a controversy at all”.



  25. stunninsteve
    11:10 am September 3, 2018 Permalink

    God help us white guys who have the audacity to think Hoak May be better for the team. How dare we low life’s have a dissenting opinion, smdh



  26. (Aixelsyd)0505
    3:10 pm September 3, 2018 Permalink

    Lol 102 comments… seems like a controversy to me…



  27. CombatMedic_98
    3:04 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Nope…just confused individuals!