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Mark Stoops explains what happened to Terry Wilson and shares Joey Gatewood expectations

Kentucky is making a change at quarterback halfway through the 2020 season.

The catalyst behind the move was an injury Terry Wilson suffered at Missouri. Stoops said Wilson woke up Sunday morning with soreness in his wrist. Wilson struggled to handle and hold onto the football too much to practice this week, putting the ball in Joey Gatewood’s hands.

He has the keys. He’s the starting quarterback,” Stoops said.

Unfortunately for Gatewood, he has limited live reps, even for a typical reserve quarterback. The Auburn transfer arrived on campus in January and was only able to get in five spring practices before coronavirus closed the UK football facility. Kentucky’s head coach is excited to see how Gatewood puts his impressive physical tools to use.

“He’s definitely a big, strong guy. He’s got a big arm. He can make all the throws. He stands strong in the pocket. You never know with that position until you get put into the situation is how their vision and how they’re gonna go through their progressions, how they step up in the pocket and distribute the football down the field. From what I’ve seen from him so far, I believe that he’ll do that. He brings a lot of ability and a big arm,” Stoops continued.

“Obviously, he can run the ball. He’s a different style than Terry. Terry is maybe a little faster top end, quicker, but Joey is one of those big, strong runners. He gets some good yards for you that way. Looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

If something goes wrong with Gatewood, Kentucky will turn to true freshman Beau Allen, a four-star recruit from Lexington and the son of a former Wildcat who has an incredibly bright future.

“You never know how things are going to go throughout the game and when opportunities are going to present themselves. I anticipate Joey going out there and playing well. I wanted to see Beau all year, but as you can imagine it’s very difficult. Every possession, every rep, every time we have the ball it’s pretty important. Obviously, getting Terry reps early in the season with being out last year, we needed that. Joey needs the reps and now at some point I’d like to see Beau get in there but I’m not sure when that will happen.”

Kentucky’s offense will not drastically change in scheme with Gatewood taking snaps at quarterback. This week Eddie Gran formulated a gameplan that will not be overly-complicated. It’s not just to make things simpler for Gatewood. The Wildcats anticipate bringing along a few more freshmen at wide receiver, like Michael Drennen and Izayah Cummings. Stoops talked about the difficult task of balancing how to play experienced players vs. young talents who are destined to be stars in the future.

“All the decisions that go into it, we’re looking for whoever gives us the best chance to win the games. Obviously you need depth. Certain positions that you may be talking about, whether it be running back, receiver, guys that are running a bunch, you’re going to need to rotate guys in there so you need to have quality depth. You need to have guys you feel like you can win big games with, with two or three guys, depending on the position. Anytime there’s a significant drop-off, that’s going to be a liability for us because we’re trying to win the game.

“I would never sacrifice that for the future if I thought it could cost us a game. I’m going to play the guys that give us the best opportunity to be successful. Again, there is a balance there as well because to move a program forward you’re trying to get guys reps. You’re trying to get guys as much as you can and they have to earn that trust through the week, so I think that’s a complex question…there’s different levels of it. There’s guys playing quite often and there’s guys like the freshmen that we’re trying to bring along but you know they’re not quite ready.”

For Gatewood, ready or not, here Georgia comes.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

27 Comments for Mark Stoops explains what happened to Terry Wilson and shares Joey Gatewood expectations

  1. damage_control
    6:42 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    Ok- now you have your golden boy in there a qb1. I don’t wanna hear a F-Ing word about Beau Allen! You got that chumps?!?

    • goteam94
      6:52 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      You tell em keyboard warrior

    • Fact Checker
      8:56 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      but he’s not wrong though. all these were “fans” talking down on terry

  2. clarks
    6:55 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    I hope I’m wrong but I dont see gatewood doing any better than wilson. I do feel team will bring it versus Georgia and do alot better than last week, be hard to be worse. I will root just as hard no matter what but just havent seen anything to overly impressive so far from gatewood. Like I said I really hope I’m wrong and gatewood may be more suited to run on this ga defense but I really believe when all is said and done beau allen will be a QB legend at uk when he is done.

  3. runningunnin.454
    6:59 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    1. Throwing Gatewood to the Dawgs?
    2. Don’t really see how our offense could be simpler.

  4. m4ff3w
    6:59 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    It’s interesting how it often seems when a team goes to another QB when playing against UK, that QB plays like a Heisman contender, but when UK subs, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  5. blueballs80
    7:04 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    Well can’t run or hide. Time to play the game.

  6. JohnnyCat
    7:07 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    Bet the under. This could get ugly.

  7. Kentuckiana
    7:28 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    May need to get Beau in there to throw a few long balls, simply for wide receivers recruitment.

  8. 2andToodleLoo
    7:48 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    So let me get this straight – Terry finishes Mizzou game with no problem. Wakes up Sunday with mysterious wrist injury and can’t grip the ball enough to practice ALL week. So bad he’s not even QB2 for game. It’s true freshman with no game reps. I dont think so. Smoke and mirrors.

    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      8:30 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Yah, it’s a big coverup

    • kydrummer
      8:34 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve heard TW is not even on the team anymore.

    • Fact Checker
      8:33 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Stop trying to make it more than it is. The same thing happened to Sawyer last year against Florida. Why did no one question it then? I think it’s because you guys have convinced yourselves that our quarterbacks are supposed to be Heisman contenders and you set massive expectations for them, and then if they don’t meet those expectations, you run them in to the ground because you’re a bum.

    • WKY Cat
      8:44 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Fact checker….I guess having expectations of our quarterback to be able to throw the ball accurately down the field longer than 10 yards is to much to ask. No UK fans have even close to Heisman expectations. But keep up the story telling. I enjoy the fiction.

    • Fact Checker
      10:17 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Can’t throw the ball ten yards downfield? I see. What happened to his throw to Lynn against florida in 2018? Or maybe the corner to him against Vandy that same year? How about the bomb to Josh Ali against Louisville? Or either of Lynn’s touchdowns in that game. His throw to Bruce Oliver against Toledo last year? The pass to Josh Ali against Auburn? Or the one to Allen Dailey a few possessions later? The touchdown pass this week was pretty good too. But hey, he can’t throw ten yards downfield, right?

    • Fact Checker
      10:18 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Bryce* Oliver

    • michaelb
      10:18 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      It smells of a gentleman’s agreement

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:49 am October 30, 2020 Permalink

      Fact checker, the problem is that was pre injury TW, since his injury he’s slower, makes horrible reads, and has lost most of his mid to long range accuracy.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:01 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Michaelb, that made me chuckle.

  9. BigBlueFoo42777
    8:43 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    It’s obvious there’s more to this than a wrist Doesn’t take a lie detector to know someone is telling a lie.

  10. Irish son
    8:49 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    He gone! See ya Terry, we hardly knew ya

    • Fact Checker
      8:55 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      incredibly stupid thing to say considering the things he accomplished.

    • JTT15
      9:30 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      Irish son shut up!

    • Miller45
      10:13 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink


  11. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    8:55 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    Coach Stoops flat out lied. Remember his words on the QB chatter after TN?

    • Fact Checker
      8:57 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

      a game from two weeks ago. that’s a long time when it comes to QB’s fighting for a position.

  12. michaelb
    10:17 pm October 29, 2020 Permalink

    Gentleman’s agreement