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.
My 2019 SEC QB ranks (convo we're having now on @1025_MD):
— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 11, 2019
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.
— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) June 11, 2019
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: