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One media member thinks Terry Wilson is the worst starting quarterback in the SEC

Imagine a scenario where the Kentucky football team finishes the year 10-3, defeats Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, and has a historic NFL Draft.

Now imagine in that same scenario, the starting quarterback from that team returns, has another year to develop both physically and mentally, and becomes the worst starting quarterback in the SEC.

According to Braden Gall of ESPN Radio (Nashville), that’s exactly what he anticipates happening for Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson.

On his radio show this morning, Gall ranked all of the SEC’s quarterbacks going into the upcoming 2019 season and placed the Wildcat dual-threat dead last among the 14 anticipated starters.

Through the air last year, Wilson tossed for 1889 yards on 67.2% passing to go with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. On the ground, the Kentucky quarterback rushed for 547 yards and four touchdowns.

Nothing earth-shattering in either category, but it was still enough to finish third in the SEC in completion percentage and second in rushing yards among quarterbacks.

Oh, and he apparently did it with an injured knee from the end of the Mississippi State game through the Tennessee game.

While no one is saying Wilson deserves to be in the upper-tier of quarterbacks in the SEC and it’s obvious there is a lot of work to be done before he’s even in that conversation, it’s downright disrespectful for the Kentucky junior to be listed at the very bottom of the list.

Looking at the others ahead of him on the list, Arkansas’ Ben Hicks (SMU transfer) has not thrown a single ball in the SEC, Vanderbilt’s Riley Neal (Ball State transfer) is replacing Kyle Shurmur, Auburn’s Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix are four-star freshmen, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral is a redshirt freshman, etc.

With Kentucky not relying on Benny Snell to shoulder the majority of the offensive production and Eddie Gran openly admitting he’ll be able to open up the offense a bit more this season, there is absolutely no reason we shouldn’t expect to see Wilson put up 2,400+ yards passing and 750+ yards as a junior.

Even if he broke the 100-yard threshold in the three games he finished below that mark in 2018, he still would’ve finished the year with 2,022 yards through the air, good for No. 11 in the SEC. If he can manage to up his YPG average from 145.3 to even 175 this season, he’ll finish the year with 2,405 yards overall.

In case you forgot what he’s capable of when he’s at his best, take a look at his season highlights:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

27 Comments for One media member thinks Terry Wilson is the worst starting quarterback in the SEC

  1. Ridge Runner
    4:05 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Well if nothing else… kids got motivation to go out and prove he’s better.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:12 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, let’s give him a chance. Remember he was like a freshman in the SEC that ran for his life the whole season, he got no protection. Hope he’s better this season.

  2. DelrayCat
    4:14 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sure most won’t admit it…but I bet this guy is one of those people that thinks Terry doesn’t “look” like a real QB. Hope he uses this disrespect for fuel.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:36 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Meanwhile, the #1 ranked qb, as well as a few others in the top 10 don’t “look” like real QB’s either. There is plenty of ammo to bash this guy without being lazy and playing the race card for no reason.

  3. Headhurts
    4:17 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    I put Braden Gall at the bottom of espn radio analyst list, say around 150th

  4. steve simpson
    4:26 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Terry Wilson will be a break out star this year.

  5. binarysolo
    4:34 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    You know this list is lazy when he can’t even be bothered to spell Tagovailoa.

  6. Led Weappelin
    4:37 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Who did the audio on that interview. Horrible.

  7. Teamhhc1
    4:39 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    I hope someone brings this back up at the end of the season.

    • Boman2112
      4:41 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Terry had a great year! He gained experience and respect of coaches and teammates. This idiot at espn is not doing his job. 14th? Really?

  8. jaws2
    4:42 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    This should be excellent motivation for Wilson. I wasn’t impressed last year, but I really hope he comes out vastly improved and makes a guy like this eat his words.

  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:45 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    He’ll be way better this year and deserves to be higher on this list but to act like he wasn’t turnover to td ratio wasn’t just plain bad is just blind loyalty. His % is skewed by how many 1 yard or shorter throws he had to make and his rushing yards should have been way higher but he went down to easy. He’s bigger which should help and he’s had a year to learn to work with his receivers down field but 90% of these experts have more faith in potential non super schools ability to progress. Which is just plain stupid because this staff has shown a proven ability to develop.

  10. Paw
    5:07 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Same crap ? hope he enjoys eating that statement Go Cats

  11. Mad Max
    5:24 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    And Bentley is #8. Scoreboard!!

  12. ukcats1776.90
    5:32 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Terry Wilson has been a bad QB. you’re delusional if u think hes not.

    • ukkatzfan
      5:41 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      If you think he has been bad, you need to leave your name at the door as it hits u in the backside

  13. ukkatzfan
    5:33 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    He just throwing Vandy and tn some love. He is prob worst sportscaster trying to throw a hail Mary before he has to start flipping burgers for a living

  14. stevemotley
    5:55 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    That dude is a moron. Terry will be all sec and next year

  15. mashman 93
    6:12 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    No respect.

  16. Clyde X
    7:02 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    The anti-UK bias at ESPN is surpassed only by their pro-Dukie bias. ESPNU is showing all of Duke’s basketball games from last year back-to-back-to-back-to, you get the idea. I am sure that the four people watching really appreciate the non-stop Dukie love-athon.

  17. makeitstop
    7:21 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    I hv my doubts about Terry, but 14th is stupid. Veteran, couple of great games last year, couple of solid games, and no reason to think he won’t be at least measurably better this year. Middle of the pack? Ok, I’d buy that, but 14th? Not a chance. If he can break a couple of the one hand tackles that dropped him last year, and not hold the ball too long and fumble, he’ll move the needle in the right direction.

  18. bigb
    10:34 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    After watching highlights, I’m ready for football!

  19. Josh
    7:39 am June 12, 2019 Permalink

    If you are not a UK media member….. Why not put UK at bottom of any list…. instant traffic guaranteed!!! We give all these talking heads too much credit, majority of them just trying to get a bump by dissing our university, teams, players, and fans.
    Heavy is the crown.