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Mark Stoops weighs in on Gunnar Hoak’s future at Kentucky

This morning the Kentucky football team returned to Kroger Field for its third scrimmage of the spring season.

For the fourth year in a row, Gunnar Hoak took turns leading the offense. Like many times before, was with the twos. Many wonder if Hoak will stick around Lexington a little longer or look elsewhere for playing time as a starting quarterback.

“I’m not sure,” Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “I’m going to sit down with him next week and we’ll talk about his plans. I don’t know. We’re working our tail off with him like we always do. He’s doing everything we ask him to do like always. After this spring we can always sit down and talk, see what’s best for him and his future.”

Hoak lost the quarterback competition in the preseason to Terry Wilson but was called into action in the season opener following an injury to Wilson. He promptly led Kentucky to a scoring drive right before half. Hoak received a few more opportunities, completing 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but never could quite capitalize in his four appearances.

Even though Hoak has not filled up the stat sheet, he’s an important piece to next year’s team. Keeping running quarterbacks healthy in the SEC is not easy. If Hoak does opt to become a grad transfer after his spring commencement ceremony, he could play right away elsewhere, leaving Kentucky with only Walker Wood and two true freshmen to back up Terry Wilson.

“Of course I want Gunnar here but I’ll be very supportive of him in whatever he decides to do,” said Stoops.



Article written by Nick Roush

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26 Comments for Mark Stoops weighs in on Gunnar Hoak’s future at Kentucky

  1. CatfaninCinci
    2:38 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops wants Gunnar to stay for Stoops, not for Gunnar. If Gunnar wants to play, Gunnar needs to go. Not saying necessarily what I want to happen, but if Gunnar stays, he’s the number 2 this year again. And he will never play meaningful minutes at UK. If Gunnar is serious about his playing future, he needs to make a decision that benefits his PT, and I’m not sure it’s at Kentucky. Sorry man. It is what it is.

    • UKCatAttack
      2:56 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      I agree Gunnar has never got an opportunity here and he’ll have to be rooting for his teammate to get hurt to get meaningful minutes this year. He’s a quality passer but we don’t do much passing here at UK. Not sure I’d come to play at UK if I’m a pocket passer.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:40 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      He got the same chance all the other QB’s got and he was not good enough.

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:15 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Sure. But if he wants to play, he needs to leave. If he wants to be a quality backup for all of college, he needs to stay.

      I’m not wishing him to go. I’m just saying, if he wants to play college football as a starter, it ain’t gonna be here. I will say, the fact that Hoak couldn’t beat out Wilson last year is quite alarming indeed. He didn’t win the job. Says a lot.

    • dcforuk
      11:38 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing wrong with Stoops saying this:

      Of course I want Gunnar here but I’ll be very supportive of him in whatever he decides to do,” said Stoops.

      Nothing at all.

  2. CombatMedic_98
    2:54 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Well I’d said CYAL…cause this year we will HAVE to throw DOWNFIELD to win big games and have a chance at SEC Championship. That’s why the two teams that did make it had QB’a that THREW more than 10 yards downfield and weren’t “running” QB’s…as we saw in the National Championship. Pocket Passing QB’s are the way ahead in SEC Football. defensive schemes are too well prepared nowadays. It’s a man vs man game!

    • CatfaninCinci
      3:02 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      We are not going to an SEC Championship. We missed our window with Benny. They don’t have experienced DBs, we have real question marks at the ends and I don’t trust an offense with one all SEC receiver and very little else proven on a shaky QB. We should be ecstatic with 7-5.

    • sprtphan
      3:54 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Damn. Should we even bother to play the games or just quit now?

    • 4everUKblue
      3:39 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      BigolSlaterMedic always switches hats when football and knows just as little about football as he does about basketball. Hoak had his chances just like all the other QB’s and he got beat out, because he’s not good enough.

    • dismore
      3:43 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      SEC Championship. Bahahahahaha!!!!

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:19 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Sprtphan, we can still play em. I’m just saying, anyone who expects a repeat of last year might be sorely setting themselves up for disappointment. UK fans need to temper their expectations from year to year. We had a great season last year, but we lost a lot of great players from that team. Part of the reason people get so angry is their expectations are far and above what UK teams are capable of doing. Following a 10-3 season was never going to be easy. But I see just as many football fans *EXPECTING* 10 wins again as not. It’s asinine.

  3. michaelb
    3:52 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    We need this guy bad . We’ll be lucky if he sticks around – keeps his head up and improves for both us and himself . With a run first type qb starting – he’s gonna be called into action often .

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:21 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      If Terry Wilson stays healthy, Hoak won’t see a snap outside of garbage time.

    • Luether
      12:33 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

      My sources report that he’s all but gone…

    • notFromhere
      6:51 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Your source is a 4″ PVC pipe

    • notFromhere
      6:52 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      You’re right, Michaelb. We will likely need him.

  4. makeitstop
    4:41 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Football is not like basketball, where if u aren’t in the rotation u just sit. The national championship featured two teams a 2 QB bc one guy always goes down at some point. Maybe just for a half or a couple games, but u can’t run and not get dinged up. And Terry is not that big or that elusive. He’ll get nailed. If Gunnar is here, he’s got a good chance of playing. If he isn’t, we’ve got a real good chance of needing him and only having freshman w no snaps. Yikes. We need to keep this kid.

    • makeitstop
      4:47 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Btw where would we have been the gator bowl year if Barker went down and we didn’t have Johnson? Hurting. Hoak was a freshman… we’d hv been in trouble.

    • notFromhere
      6:50 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      We may need him, but Hoak may not give them the option of keeping him. Only Hoak knows right now. I think it’s cool that the staff supports these guys even if they want to transfer. Dont know if I’d be able to do much more than say see ya after I invested so much in the young men.

      I hope he is able to run the offense as good as or better than Terry. He’s certainly working his ass off and has put in a lot of time. Arms and touch arent everything at QB. Talent isn’t everything. You’ve got to be able to think on your feet and not hurt the team, as well as be able to know and run the entire playbook. Then you have to inspire everyone to follow you.

      It’s a lot of work

  5. Realme
    6:44 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops going from basically saying he’d stay at the end of the season to saying this now seems telling.

  6. Glock
    7:01 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Hes not gonna play here, that was proven last year…if he wants to PLAY he should transfer

  7. Glock
    7:01 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Unless Wilson gets hurt

  8. Big Sexy
    1:16 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    One thing we know for certain is that Wilson was terrible last season.

    • Wildcat homer
      1:02 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Wilson did what he was asked to do and helped KY have a 10 win season

      I don’t call that terrible

    • notFromhere
      6:44 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      For god’s sake I hope to hell you really are sexy and big, because you are fking stupid and a dkbag. You’re 7 buck teeth from a jackass as it seems right now

  9. notFromhere
    6:41 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I’m glad there arent a lot of football minds commenting here. People reading this would think UK had shtty fans. Theres always a bunch of shtbags (cant possibly be fans of the program) making comments against stoops on this site, because they can. Then there are the idiots that thought he would never do well here, and still arent over the fact that they were and are proven to be idiots.

    Every thing he does has to be wrong, because otherwise they would be even bigger idiots (and that’s just not possible). Is it?

    He wants Gunnar to take the job from Terry. If you dont understand that about him, you dont know squat. He wants the best player that gives them the best chance to win to lead the offense, but he’s not just going to give it to anyone. You have to play the best with what is on the roster.

    Having a dual threat QB IS what has gotten them this far the past 3 years. If you think trying to make this program into “drop-back QB U” in the SEC is the only and greatest idea, go take a look at UK The 3 years before Stoops got here. If the previous coach could’ve figured out what to do with multi-faceted QBs, he’d likely still be coach.

    I’m thankful he is not.

    It’s really up to Gunnar if he plays here. It’s that simple. If he’s putting in the time with the receivers outside of practice to get on the same page with them, he wants to stay. If he isn’t taking that time, he’s going to transfer, because he won’t win the job without that extra work.

    Can we just turn off the electricity for the “glass is always more than half empty” folks that bich about losing DHarris, then complusn about Benny’s confidence, and are now whining that we wasted our chances while Benny was here? FFS, you miserable pieces of sht need some serious %f&#* help…

    UK won 10 games in football last year you jkasses! AND NONE OF YOU SAW IT COMING, so STFU and quit acting like you know better than this staff.