When Kentucky opens the season Saturday against Central Michigan, Terry Wilson will be the first to take snaps under center. Mark Stoops announced Wilson beat out redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak to win the preseason quarterback competition.
“Terry Wilson will open up game one as the starter. 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.
“I want to thank all those guys. Those guys have been unbelievable teammates and unbelievable competitors. That’s where it stands right now.”
Neither Wilson or Hoak have played in an SEC football game. Following the spring game, Stoops said he would consider playing both quarterbacks in the season-opener against Central Michigan. As of today, he’s unsure if Hoak will play Saturday.
“I don’t know. I don’t know how that’s going to play out,” Stoops said. “I cannot say that right now or to them. Those players understand that. I’d like both guys to play. I think both guys have earned the right to play, but you understand, and I understand, and they understand that’s sometimes not a possibility, so we’ll see. I’ve also been very loyal to the starting quarterbacks here and they have not been on a short leash. 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.”
Terry Touchdown arrived on campus in January after choosing Kentucky over Florida and Nebraska. Considered the top-ranked junior college quarterback by ESPN, Wilson threw for 2,113 yards with 26 touchdowns at Garden City Community College. He started his college career at Oregon and has three years of eligibility remaining.
With Wilson leading Kentucky’s offense, expect to see Eddie Gran’s offense rely heavily on the run-pass option. If Wilson is as fast as C.J. Conrad says, UK’s RPO-attack has the potential to be extremely entertaining this fall.