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Practice Report: Everything that was said about UK’s “Quarterback Battle”

Kentucky’s offense had the chance to speak with the media after practice today, and there was just one question on everyone’s mind.

What the heck is going on at the quarterback position?

Fortunately, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, current starting quarterback Terry Wilson and QB Coach Darin Hinshaw were all available to clear things up. Unfortunately, that’s not really what happened. Both Gran and Hinshaw said Wilson is still the starting quarterback. But what comes next?

“We’ve been preparing for it all year and we’re ready to go,” Gran said. “Like Coach [Stoops] alluded to, sometimes you have to make a change. Terry’s still our starting quarterback, but we’ve got two more that are ready to go.”

Coach Hinshaw agreed this has been the plan all along.

“I’ve told Gunnar Hoak from day one: after the first snap, you better be ready to play. It’s no different this week.”

But it is different this week. Because last Saturday, Wilson fumbled the ball twice. The pressure is on him to step up, and he knows that. Wilson played a fantastic game against Florida early in the season, but it seems his results have declined since then. What’s the difference?

“Have more fire in me – that’s what I need to get back in me. The coaches are doing a great job of trying to spark some fire under my butt so I can keep going,” Wilson said. “I just can’t let stuff get to my head. And by stuff, I mean outside noise. I’ve got to stay true to me, remember how I got here, why I got here and then just let it rip.”

Yes, Wilson made mistakes last week. And Hinshaw even said there were passes that Wilson should have been able to complete and didn’t, plus some passes that were skipped entirely. But the burden doesn’t rest on the quarterback’s shoulders alone.

“As an offense, we’ve got to help him in certain situations,” Hinshaw said. “But he’s got to pull the pin when his number is called. I’m really proud of how hard he’s working to get ready for this week.”

But, of course, Wilson isn’t the only one putting in the extra work as game day approaches.

“Gunnar [Hoak] has been doing a great job of getting ready to play when his number gets called, if that situation comes to fruition, and so has Danny Clark,” Hinshaw said. “Danny Clark has been improving, improving, improving, improving, and his attitude has been unbelievable. I’m really excited about all three of them playing.”

With three potential quarterbacks all preparing to get snaps against Missouri, it’s easy to imagine an awkward locker room. But, at least according to Wilson, that’s not the case at this point.

“It’s the same as always,” the starting QB said of the vibe in the quarterback room this week. “I know that we’re competing. We’ve always battled, [starting] when I got here. But I haven’t [been] told anything about a quarterback battle.”

So what will it take for Wilson to stay in the game?

“Go take the bull by the horns… go play like Terry Wilson is capable of playing,” Hinshaw said. “It’s very simple. And then the other guys get ready to play.”

And, if all else fails, Kentucky always has Benny Snell.

“I’m the fall back guy,” Snell joked. “If hell’s breaking loose and they can’t get it done, I’m here.”

Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point.


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

67 Comments for Practice Report: Everything that was said about UK’s “Quarterback Battle”

  1. notFromhere
    9:31 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    So it was all just blowing smoke. Tired of the BS. “Coaches are trying to light a fire under me…” If he knows it’s just a ploy it’s worthless. Wtf are they thinking? Freakin put his assets on the bench for 10 minutes during the game and you don’t need charcoal starter. His coals will be lit.

  2. dcforuk
    9:32 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    We are all motivated by a combination percentage of fear, incentive and attitude that add to 100%. Attitude is obviously the most lasting motivational force but a certain level of fear motivation (will I lose my job) and incentive motivation (getting to keep my job) isn’t necessarily a horrible thing for me, you and for Terry, too!

  3. michaelb
    9:33 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Yea it’s smoke . Cause look … why don’t they ever print hoaks words ? I’m sure they ask Clark about this too. We don’t get the benefit of hearing their side

    • Alex90
      10:29 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Because these are college students that aren’t available to the media unless UK schedules it

    • michaelb
      11:01 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      They just quoted Terry right?

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:24 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      This is KSR too…they LOVE TERRIFIED TERRY

  4. michaelb
    9:35 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Hey f all this , I’m tired of ky watching them shoot their self in the nuts. I can’t wait for them to lose this sat. The qb column is gonna be comical & I can’t wait . I bet Terry throws ball at snells ass again

    • 4everUKblue
      9:38 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      If you’re tired of it, move on to another team that suits you, but all this negative bullshit helps no one. You should just like combat medic and slater.

    • philbo
      10:27 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Last time we had a record this good I was 28, no make pattern baldness, two good knees, 7 handicap and didn’t need viagra.
      Sure I get a little frustrated at times but I’m proud and happy for this team.

      Easy to constantly condemn, criticize and complain. I agree with 4ever….move on to another team.

    • BigolBlue
      10:33 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      This is 4evers life. Gets on here all day looking to defend everything. Then says to go find another team. Ha!

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:27 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      He is a tool

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:26 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Attention: 4everUKblue is not the voice of UK football nor KSR…please ignore him and his trolling comment control patrol…!

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:28 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      TURNOVER TERRY #1 Fan= 4everUKblue

    • bigbluebanana
      12:12 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      We could be 12-0 with the number 1 pick at which and some of you miserable people would still complain. 4everukblue speaks for the majority of us, the fans who bleed blue win, lose, or draw. Combatmedic98, you should change your name to something you actually are, like tinyweinermiserableman98 instead of defacing men and women who actually served. You’re a big, fat phony.

    • henderblue
      5:15 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Good call bigbluebanana. 4everUKblue speaks for a lot more people than Combatidiot, BigolBluedumbass and these other pretenders who just like to drown themselves and everyone else in their own negativity.

    • philbo
      7:26 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Stay away from negative people. The brotherhood of the miserables.

    • Blue Bill
      10:55 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Amen Banana, amen. Go Cats. Schoolyard could win the mega millions jackpot and bitch and cry about the taxes. Miserable dude.

    • michaelb
      11:01 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yea I was frustrated when I wrote that lol I’m wanting us to win but I can’t stand this limbo of whether we’re gonna be able to move the ball. Good luck all qbs & rawr!

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:25 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      LOL…He was so scared at A&M he did…it was like HOT POTATO atop!!!

  5. dcforuk
    9:35 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    And, to notFromhere’s point, if no teeth exist with ineffectiveness, then the fear motivation is watered down.

  6. dcforuk
    9:36 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m tired of winning. It gets so old!

  7. Shidler8684
    9:41 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s all hope Terry comes out on fire.

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:30 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Oh he will…and fumble or throw an interception like he usually does…OR won’t throw it at ALLLLLL

    • cats646
      7:12 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      You are worthless medic.

  8. 4everUKblue
    9:43 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m really tired of all the loser armchair QB’s taking their shortcomings out on our players. It would be different if they weren’t trying or didn’t care, but these young men are trying to do their best. I’m sure all of you critics have been perfect all your lives, more likely you’ve all been failures and it reminds you of them.

    • BigolBlue
      10:34 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      18 pass yds

    • Kentuckiana
      6:55 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Last year everyone was talking about how Stoops and our Defense sucked. This year, Stoops is a much better, experienced coach at time management, etc… Our Defense is one of the best in the country this year.
      If it is ok with you all, I am putting my trust in Stoops, who just so happens to see all three QB in practice and not just part of a spring practice like we have seen.
      I am going to ” Trust The Process” and see where it takes us.

    • BigolBlue
      10:35 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      if I had the equivalent in my jpb as 18 pass yds as a qb I would probably rethink my profession

    • bigbluebanana
      12:13 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Found combatmedic98’s alt account^

    • mashburnfan1
      11:01 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      BigOl you know Ga Tech beat your U6 by 30 with less than 18 yards passing in the game. Someone else won this past weekend with no yards passing.

    • bluecrowe
      12:59 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      I am not sure I understand people defending the position of Terry continuing to start. He is not doing his job on an even basic level, so it is time to play someone else. He needs more time at this level to get more comfortable He is not a natural quarterback because of his running ability. When you have that in your back pocket it makes it extremely difficult to not lean on it, instead of simply dropping back and quickly releasing the ball. We do not need two turnovers a game with mediocre running paired with a non existent passing game. That does nothing for us right now. The upside to him starting is not apparent to me at all. They keep saying he gives us the better chance to win because of his legs, but that is becoming less and less apparent by the week.

    • You had [email protected]
      9:20 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      6-1, Won at Swamp. Basic level.

  9. goose2
    9:49 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I see Matt Jones is showing is true socialist democrat self by running politics down our throat during a hot sec football race. Oh, by the way Macgrath is is a typical socialist liar.

  10. dcforuk
    9:49 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Although Alfred Murrow was correct that “Difficulty is the excuse that history never accepts”, it’s also true that “nothing is impossible for the person that doesn’t have to do it”!

  11. gasman01
    9:51 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I agree we need to change things up. Our offense is totally stagnant, but a quarterback controversy could splinter the team. I would hate to see that. We are on the verge of something really special,but we won’t get there if this team starts taking sides…

    • bluecrowe
      1:05 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Wrong. That will not happen. Terry is not performing. Period. Game over. It is insulting to the rest of the team to continue rolling him out there on the field. That would be fine if this were the usual year at KY, but this is the best opportunity we will have in terms of upperclassmen, dominant defense and schedule paired with the best RB in the SEC. He is only a Soph and this happens all the time at other positions. Why should they treat him with kid gloves? I would be thrilled if he had a great game Saturday, but we have been ineffective on offense for an embarrassingly long time at this point. We are dominant at most other positions on offense, but QB, which means we are wasting Conrad, Lynn Bowden, Baker etc.

  12. davis2319
    9:57 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Terry Wilson will bounce back and the cats will get a big road win to set up the biggest game in school history the following week against the team in red.

  13. dcforuk
    10:02 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    It is a very very difficult thing to maneuver. Barring some sort of major injury or two, the reality is that 9 wins seems almost like the minimum. Louisville seems far from a threat right now and I don’t see any scenario that is likely to result in three losses to Missouri, Georgia and Tennessee. I am intrigued also by the potential element that could result in Georgia needing to prepare for multiple quarterbacks. Going for a 480 yard par five in two is not risky. Going for a 560 yard par five in two with a pond in front of the green is risky. But, no risk means minimal reward so these decisions are all about risk reward and nine to 11 wins.

    • henderblue
      5:21 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      I’m laying up on that par 5 560 yarder. Too many balls in that pond..

  14. gasman01
    10:13 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    A win Saturday should pretty much assure 9 wins and a New Year’s Day Bowl. 10 wins and losing to Ga. should get us to the Citrus or Peach. Get this win on Saturday!!

  15. UKinIN
    10:22 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    If the coaches want to send Wilson a message do it when it matters. Sit him out a series. Let him wonder if he’ll get back in. No one should be above getting the perspective from the sideline when they’re not playing well.

  16. BigolBlue
    10:45 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    UK desperately needs to either recruit or get a transfer to play qb. We have no qb or any going forward. Should be #1 priority to recruit a QB. Now they have 3 options??? All that says is even the coaches know they have no qb.

    • mashburnfan1
      11:04 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      And hd things went as the coaches thought they would this would be Drew Barkers SR year. Imagine what a team we would be IF he was here and had turned out to be for real. Back injury so we will never know. Wilson will be fine and Clark is going to be as well. Hoak is not an SEC QB, needs to transfer to where his offers were from, Bowling Green, Buffalo etc.

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:33 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      We had Jalen Williams but, EG ran him off because he was a passing QB…he only wanted a running and handoff type QB…go figure that one!

  17. oruacat2
    11:24 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I just hope all this newfound soul-searching is because of what the coaching staff is seeing (or not seeing) and not because of Daddy Hoak’s big mouth.

  18. CombatMedic_98
    11:42 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I hope Hoak or Clark takes over the Offense after Saturday’s performance. I’ve seen Highschool QB’s make better decisions than TW…I’m not sure what Coach Hinshaw and Eddie Gran are smoking but it’s time to pull that pin and fix the daggone’ problem with the QB’s or run Benny, Lynn and AJ in the wildcat the whole game if no one can throw…bench ‘em all…let’s go!!!

  19. beauleonard
    12:07 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    I believe best case scenario is that TW comes out playing confident and doesn’t give the coaching staff a reason to pull him. He has the physical tools, can he find the mental aptitude to put it all together? All the offense needs is to take a little pressure off of Benny and keep the opposing defense honest. If you think back to the Florida game, Terry did best when out of the pocket. Both touchdown passes he threw, he was on the run. Get him moving and the ability to extend the play.

    • bailey000
      6:47 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      That is probably the worst case scenario. If Terry does well he starts against GA. And we can’t afford that. If he has lost his fire he should quit football. This kid is as weak minded as I’ve ever watched. I can’t believe that he wouldn’t be the worst QB on this team. Terrified Terry seems like a descent kid but We have some real possibilities here, and he’s not the guy.

    • UKBoo
      8:49 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Wilson has NOT shown that he has all the physical tools. He does not have the vision for an SEC QB and that is by far the most important tool needed. Most times it seems all he sees are headlights.

  20. UKfanman01
    5:35 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s go real statistics. Terry Wilson ranks 7th in fumbles LOST (hes fumbled a couple that the Cats have recoverrd) and 43rd in interceptions thrown. Not good statistics. Good thing is that Middle Tenn QB is 3rd in fumbles lost, UofLol QB ranks pretty bad, and Drew Locke is known for throwing more interceptions than TW.

  21. Shively1978
    6:49 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    No dought Terry has to play better but it’s not all on Terry. If we are going to pull Terry pull some of these receivers other than Bowden that get no separation and when he does throw the ball can’t catch. Bouvier isn’t playing as much and has better hands than Baker. Richardson has been lost in his routes. Also as good as the O line is at run blocking there just as bad at pass blocking and I think you’ll see that be more evident when Hoak is in and can’t scramble away.

  22. Shively1978
    7:07 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    However as good as our 10 starters are on defense the 11th guy is the weak link. Most of the passing TD we have given up are against Johnson and Lock will pick him apart. Johnson is not a good CB and should be playing in AAC or Conference USA not starting in the SEC Westry is to good to be a backup to Johnson.

    • kycats13
      8:17 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      You are sooooooo right. Number 6 is in the highlight films of every opponent’s touchdown passes. He should never be on the field.

  23. kentuckybackupplayer
    8:24 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    How come its ok to take basketball players out when they dont play well but not quarterbacks?

  24. Larkin123
    9:02 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Clark is not just improving…. He’s improving improving improving and improving…..

  25. Grazilla
    9:11 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    I hope Terry fumbles it. So Gunnar can come in. Then Gunnar throws a pick six. In comes Clark. Three and out. Benny has rushed for 124 yards and one TD. Tied with a chance to win it, the staff goes with Terry on the final drive. 80 yard bomb to Bowdenseals it up with 2 seconds left. Terry does literal crotch chops the #BBN in his after-game TV interview. Controversy settled and CombatMedic gets barred from commenting on KSR.

  26. UKBoo
    9:18 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    To me, the biggest thing Wilson needs to correct is his inability to go through progressions. If he can’t throw to option one, he doesn’t know what to do other than tuck and run. So he’s very easy to plan a defense around. Cover hard where he turns his head, take that away and catch him when he tucks and runs. THREE of his passes were batted down in the Vandy game. QBs get passes swatted away but three of only nine passes were knocked down. Why? Because he telegraphs worse than any QB I have ever seen. That adds an enormous level of difficulty to the receivers. He isn’t going to learn how to go through progressions this year. It ain’t happening. So anyone that thinks he will magically wake up and become a decent passer this year is in for a lot of disappointment. I would love it if he proved me wrong, but I don’t see that happening. Those guys that all of a sudden were open during Hoaks drives didn’t flip a magic switch. It was a product of going through progressions. Can he hit them? Remains to be seen. But at least he saw them and that’s a start.

    • kjd
      10:03 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      My interpretation of your comments: Wilson lacks natural QB talent/instinct/intangibles.

    • henderblue
      11:09 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      My interpretation of your comments…he lacks experience standing in the pocket against SEC talent. He’s gaining that this year. Can be he be coached through that? Yes. Can be be relieved in certain passing situations by someone who is more of a drop back passer? Yes. Can they be successful when they also lack experience against SEC talent? Throw em there. Let’s see. I have to trust the guys who are getting paid to evaluate our talent at QB. They seem to think Terry Wilson gives us the best opportunity to be successful or else one of the other guys would have been playing already. But I’m all for giving the other guys a shot. Then maybe we can put this other talk to rest

  27. Matt10
    9:23 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry to break topic. I’m relatively new here. I was a bit shocked to see a political story on the site today, with comments turned off like cowards. Good lord please tell me that BS is not the norm around here. Last thing I want to see when I check on my Cats is political garbage.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:34 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      It’s pretty common. At least the weekly post by Jonathan Miller isn’t there every Sunday night anymore.

  28. BluKudzu
    3:26 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Stevie did the dame thing last year, with Hoak waiting on the sidelines. Why do you think they have gone the Juco route for a QB the last two years? Is it because Gunnar was injured, or that he has inspired little or no faith in the coaches opinions of his skills?
    Terry needs to get his stuff together, and he will. I hate to see us go into an SEC game and switch to a guy with OVC skills, and was unimpressive against MAC competition.
    DBs in the SEC are pro material, and we do not even have to talk about the Dline.