Kentucky’s quarterback made a big change as he wrestles back and forth with emotions ahead of a coronavirus-plagued college football season.
Just a few weeks ago Terry Wilson cut off his signature dreadlocks. Wednesday evening he explained to Paul Finebaum why he cut the hair he’d been growing for more than ten years.
“It was just time. I felt like it was time,” he said. “I had it for ten years. I wanted a cleaner look. I feel like I kind of outgrew that look. I got them when I was younger and it was just something that I wanted to get to just be a little bit different from everybody else. I’ve had them for over ten years. I woke up and I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s time for these to go.’ It was a good decision because I’m loving the short hair.”
The change in Wilson’s look marks a significant change in his life. On the football field he is recovering from a season-ending knee injury. At home he’s preparing to become a father for the first time. Each different life event comes with a different set of nerves that Wilson must sift through in-between preseason workouts. Once he’s on the field throwing ball with his teammates, everything feels normal, if only for a moment.
“You would be surprised on how it feels like everything is normal,” said Wilson. “Everything — the workouts, lifting weights, the running, doing 7-on-7 — everything feels natural. Everything feels uptempo. It’s our first time being able to do 7-on-7 and those type of things, running over our routes and doing routes on air; it’s been awhile and we’re full go now. Everybody’s just pumped up. You look at the defense and they’re pumped up, they’re communicating. You look at the offense and we’re communicating, we’re pumped up, we’re getting lined up and we’re just working hard. You can tell that the guys are ready just for any news, anything. But we all want to play this season and that’s just what we’re looking forward to.”
Wilson is regaining confidence in his game, yet he’s still not sure how to feel about playing football during a pandemic with a newborn on the way. When Paul posed the question, you can feel the internal struggle in Terry’s voice. Obviously, he wants his family to remain healthy. He also wants to show the world the fruits of the work he’s put in over the last 11 months to become a successful quarterback in the SEC.
Uncertain of what exactly the future holds, right now Terry Wilson is comfortable playing football and excited to prepare for another season at UK’s Joe Craft Football Training Facility.
“At the facility they’re doing a good job of keeping us bubbled and making sure that we’re following the protocols and doing what we need to do — wearing our masks, hand sanitizing and taking the temperature before every workout. We’re all adjusting, but we’re really hungry for this season. It’s like, why would this have to happen right now? This is the season we’ve all been wanting, everybody’s back and we’re ready to go.”