In 2019 Kentucky didn’t have a quarterback to play. In 2020 the Wildcats might start the season with four passing options.
It’s Terry Wilson’s team, make no mistake about it. The question is if he cannot be under center, a scenario Eddie Gran had to work through a year ago, who’s up next? Most of the BBN has been impatiently waiting for a waiver decision from the NCAA for Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood. They might be overlooking the best option from right down the road.
“Beau (Allen) is exactly who we thought he was. He is really playing well and looks really comfortable out there,” head coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s practice.
Stoops’ staff has thought highly of Allen for years. They recruited the legacy recruit as soon as he started throwing passes for Lexington Catholic. As he transformed into a four-star prospect and the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the country, Allen pledged his allegiance to Kentucky early and became a cornerstone of the class. Allen’s been all in for so long, many may have forgotten what he brings to the table.
Through just a handful of practices offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has already seen the physical tools and the intangibles that made Allen one of the top quarterback recruits in the country.
“Accuracy, his ball delivery — getting it out of his hands — understanding the offense, knowing where to go with the ball,” are just a few things that have caught Gran’s eye.
“He’s done some things that are really special. He’s taken some alerts and he’s really, really accurate with the ball. I love what I see out of him. He’s out there, he’s studying it all the time. He’s a junkie when it comes to football and that’s what makes him a really special quarterback.”
To describe it plainly — Allen is a true freshman that’s recognizing defenses and making adjustments at the line of scrimmage in the first week of practice. It’s evident that he has a high football IQ and it has put him in a position to show coaches his ability to complete difficult throws. You can learn how to operate an offense through hard work in the film room. You can’t develop accuracy overnight. Allen is already checking both important boxes and that is an exciting combination for a player that is expected to be the future of the program.