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Quarterback Beau Allen is already turning heads at Kentucky football practice

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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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Quarterback Beau Allen is already turning heads at Kentucky football practice

  1. michaelb
    10:24 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is the best team we’ve ever sent out on the field … gonna be an early Christmas guys .

  2. panicpat
    10:32 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    I agree michael. Just wish it was a normal season. I’m still not sure how this season is gonna play out with the virus.

  3. bbn606
    11:18 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Allen could have went else when Gatewood transferred. This guy is really committed to this program.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:32 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Great news to hear for the future!

  5. PensacolaCat
    11:39 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Loving these football updates…

  6. SuperTroy18
    12:18 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    We are so stacked at QB. It’s nice. Ideally, Terry had an amazing year, Gatewood steps in next season, and Allen takes over fully prepared. The future is so bright for our football Cats!

    • satcheluk
      9:20 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

      I suspect, if he’s eligible, we’ll see Gatewood getting 5-10 snaps a game. He’s a beast and that will protect Terry a bit on this 10 game SEC gauntlet.

  7. theweeze
    12:55 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Well basically since this year doesn’t count against anyone’s eligibility, we have the ability to play around with the QB position for 2 years to see who is going to be the “MAN”. Not sure any of them are ready to make the jump to the League after this year or who may decide to stick around with the extra year. Will be interesting to see how it play’s out and who steps up!

  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:17 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    And this is against what Ali said is the best defense he’s ever faced here.

  9. KyZoneBlitz
    1:46 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Beau Allen has a chance to be what I think Drew Barker couldve been for us if he would’ve been able to stay healthy. Barker had the back injury 1st game of the season, but had waited so long to be the starter at UK, he didnt want to let it go. I think he would’ve been great if not for that. This is Terry Wilsons team, I agree with that. Allen will be the QB of the future. If Joey Gatewood is ruled eligible, Terry Wilson might not get the chance to be our starter. I love Wilson, so dont take this wrong, but Gatewood is a MONSTER. He’s 2-3 inches taller than Terry, weighs probably 35-45 pounds more than Terry, but can run just as fast, and probably has the stronger and more accurate arm. This coaching staff does not play favorites, weve seen that with highly ranked 4-star recruits transferring because they were beat out by a lesser ranked player who outworked them. The best player will play. Gatewood right now is the best QB we have on roster, and if he is eligible, I think he ends up starting, maybe not but he doesnt appear to be a kid who isnt willing to work hard for what he wants. Ideally, Gatewood sits out this season, Terry goes out with a bang, finishing this year 7-3/8-2. Gatewood steps in next year and leads us for 2 years (Possibly to an SEC East crown and Atlanta to face the SEC West champs, he’s that good IMO) while Beau Allen continues to grow and get bigger/stronger. Then Beau Allen takes over keeping the rise going while 2022 QB recruit Gavin Wimsatt comes in and gets acclimated waiting for his turn. I agree with what supertroy said, the future for the football program is bright, but it was also bright back in 2014/15. I think this is the 1st time our QB future has looked this good since Couch/Bonner/Lorenzen/Woodson. The only difference now is, the team around these QBs are probably 100 times better than the team those guys had surrounding them. I think if you put anyone of those guys on any of our past 4 teams, they take UK to the SEC championship game. I think the next 2-3 possible QBs at UK are that good. Terry Wilson can do it as well but Joey Gatrwood, Beau Allen, and then if he ends up committed and signed here (Which I think he does) Gavin Wimsatt.