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Mark Stoops is Closer to Naming a Starting Quarterback


Kentucky’s quarterback competition could soon come to a close.  The battle between Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak has produced few headlines around the Commonwealth, but Mark Stoops is almost ready to select a starter.

“I think we have to settle in and see where we’re going to go,” Stoops told the media after today’s scrimmage.  “We’ll zero in on that probably when we get closer to the Monday of game week.”

Stoops indicated after the spring game that both Hoak and Wilson could play in the season-opener against Central Michigan.  Neither quarterback has game experience and the head coach wants to see how they react under the bright lights.

“Until those guys get under center and get playing and get those game reps, you’re a bit unsure,” he said before training camp. “I think it’s fair to both of those guys to give them an opportunity because it’s very close at this time.”

Since the start of training camp, the quarterbacks have had plenty of chances to prove themselves.  They received even reps during today’s scrimmage.  The film from today will dictate how they are split in the future.

“We wanted to wait with totally open minds through this scrimmage and give them all an equal opportunity.  We were very close on the snaps; I think we were about dead even with Terry and Gunnar.  We have to look at this film.  They both did some good things today.  I think the offense in general moved the ball pretty good.”

Sources tell KSR the coaches are going to love what they saw on film from Terry Wilson, who had his best performance to date.  It could be what puts Wilson under center first on September 1.

Regardless of what was said or done today, I still expect both QBs to receive reps vs. Central Michigan.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

37 Comments for Mark Stoops is Closer to Naming a Starting Quarterback

  1. wes720
    2:15 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve not seen much of either QB but whichever is best in the pocket needs to start. Running quarterbacks can’t survive in the SEC unless they are extremely tough

    • bailey000
      3:15 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      Running QBs have to be tough everywhere. Though abilities in the pocket are of the utmost importance, I can’t agree with u entirely. If u look at the most successful SEC QBs over the last 15 years they were mostly duel threat guys. It is way harder to prepare for that, and it makes defenses play up. Everyone looks to the NFL and thinks that’s a mold to build success. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Dual threat guys are a bigger liability so teams don’t want to make the financial investment on them. That doesn’t mean that they give u less success. It is two different worlds. Kentucky should put the guy in that will protect the football by making good decisions. Leadership, arm strength, and athleticism are all traits that matter but nothing is more important than protecting the football.

    • krautdog
      3:56 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink


    • wes720
      6:18 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      I? agree with you but I’m not using the NFL as a template I? would just prefer a guy that uses his arm to get out of trouble instead of his legs. But no doubt protecting the football is #1

  2. Booher
    2:49 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Free Danny Clark

  3. Wade
    3:29 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Start all three and see in the first game f it

  4. ukisgr8
    3:41 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    For it to work with a dual threat qb you better have a 5 star athletic type player because unless you are alabama, receivers and rbs will steer clear of your team. Luckily johnson was able to throw out patterns, something wilson has proven over and over again he can not do. Gunnar hoak may be the closest thing to andre woodson that we’ve had in a while. Dudes gotta play or I’m worried he’ll transfer. People are thinking wilson is Johnson. Its not even close. With hoak we go 7-5 but with wilson, 5-7. Plus, with benny Snell you need to run play action a lot. And with our TEs and WRs we need a jester out their at qb, not a hero. He needs to get the ball in the play makers hand and keep his butt in the backfield. If we were in conference usa, I might think different

    • steve simpson
      3:51 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      Nick Fitzgerald is a runner who has learned to throw. Still when it hits the fan he gone.

    • krautdog
      3:59 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink


    • Alex90
      7:37 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      You have no clue, just stop. We get it Hoak is a Ky boy but I doubt coaches are willing to put their jobs on the line by picking someone who doesn’t give them the best chance to win. Sit on your couch and let it play out.

    • Alex90
      7:50 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      Not a ky boy but still same

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:07 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      “With hoak we go 7-5 but with Wilson we go 5-7”.

      He’s been to more practices than us, I guess.

      If we had a white Dual Threat QB, our fans would be doing backflips.

      Change my mind.

    • bailey000
      9:17 pm August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Huge Crowder fan as well.

    • bailey000
      9:16 pm August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Why is Hoak like Woodson? That makes zero since. Woodson had a completion without interception record, and Hoak doesn’t have a completion yet. Little early

  5. ukisgr8
    4:26 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    These qbs control the ball too much. Its great if you have no rb or great skilled players but we have a top 5 rb and a top 5 te in all of college. And stoops is not meyer or mullens, if he were a running qb would make more sense.

  6. Nick
    4:35 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Most important thing KY needs from the QB position this year is passing efficiency and ball protection. I’d like to have an athletic QB with the threat of the run but not if that means sacrificing completion percentage. KY is too talented at every other position to use a QB just because he is mobile. Put the guy in there that will best use the weapons around him, that is what will make the entire office better.

  7. CatsfaninFL
    5:07 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Love all these armchair QBs talking what we need and who should play when the coaches see all 3 QBs every day in practice.

    • Nick
      5:19 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      When you say “we” are you apart of the team/staff or is that an armchair term?

    • CatsfaninFL
      5:32 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      Wasn’t even talking about you, but if you want be pedantic, we as in UK… because “we” are all fans.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:07 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      *a part

  8. Le Docteur
    5:50 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Who are the “sources”? KSR has been rooting for Wilson in its “reporting” since they lit on the nickname “Touchdown Terry” during his recruitment. Jesus, what an agenda. Ridiculous.

    • Nick
      6:01 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      I wish there was a “Like” button I could click for this comment.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:08 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Are you rooting AGAINST him is my question…? ?

    • Nick
      2:53 pm August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Not rooting against him, i want whoever is best for the team. But I feel like a lot of the coverage on the QB battle has been Terry or bust.

    • stunninsteve
      9:51 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Nick I agree with your well thought out comment above, also le Docteur, KSR certainly pushes their agenda incessantly. They think they’re subtle, but it’s there for anyone with eyes

  9. Alex90
    7:40 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    The same reason people love Herro is why all these ppl want Hoak to start. It would be a great story for the white boy to win the job but you should just cheer for whoever gives them the best chance to win.

    • CatsfaninFL
      8:14 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      Yah I think the coaches with careers on their line have interest in Ws and who gets them there… if it’s a pocket passer, great. Duel threat? Sweet. Underdog 3rd string? Awesome. Just gimmie who is playing best come season start.

    • 2thepoint
      8:22 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      I get your point, but Herro seems to be a terrific player who deserves to be on the floor.

    • Alex90
      8:34 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

      He does but even if he wasn’t as talented you would have ppl calling for more pt just because he’s white.

    • KatsKlaws
      1:08 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Well, someone finally said it. Kudos to you for putting that card on the table. Not saying that they both aren’t good players, but this whole Hoak, Herro obsession is coming from a different place for some fans.

    • ukisgr8
      9:27 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      Oh good God, you kidding? Herro and Johnson are our best offensive players since Murray so its nice to have 2. As for qb. The one most accurate and the one best at turning around and giving it to benny snell is the qb i want starting and he should keep his butt in the pocket where a qb belongs. Not a fan of this 5-6 or 6-6 football, which is where a team with a primarily running qb and full of 3 star players ends up.

    • TBW3011
      11:16 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      F off with all the race bs. Herro is freaking good. Fans like him and they liked Malik Monk. They liked Derek Ramsey and they liked Tim Couch. Give it a break. And thanks to Matt Jones for starting the whole Tyler Herro thing. Basically goes on air and implies anyone liking Herro or anting him to play is racist. What a fn clown.

  10. katmandue2you
    11:50 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Yes…KSR crowned “Terry Touchdown” before he ever had his first workout on campus. It’s a testament to how casual and less than serious they are (or maybe it’s incompetent) in their football reporting relative to basketball. I don’t subscribe to two quarterbacks equals no quarterbacks. I personally hope they both play significantly….or Clark should he be the man. But with names like Terry Touchdown and Gunnar…let’s hope one of them lives up to the name! In the mean time KSR can write about our secondary “marking” and “guarding” guys….just sayin.

  11. Patrick_David
    9:40 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

    …Only color I see,is blue/white. Although, that one purple dude has some chops!

  12. ukisgr8
    9:50 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

    So rules at ksr now allow a small group to call 3/4ths of the fanbase racist? 7 would like to comment one thing. If brad calipari was starting you’d have a mutiny by UK fans. Probably 99.9% of fans. Fans love herro” the same reason we loved chapman and shepard and derek anderson and Johnson, because they can all score at all three levels. Jamal murray was our last player like that. While there may be more talented players, like cam reddish being the best, talented and scorer at all three levels, there really arent that many players like that in college or pros for that matter. So when we have 2 of them and everyone loves johnson, you celebrate, you dont call people racist because they happen to like both players. That just shows how horrid people you are