Cole Cubelic is in Lexington to call the Blue-White Game for the SEC Network tomorrow evening, so Kentucky Sports Radio radio invited him by the studio Thursday morning to preview the Cats’ scrimmage and the season ahead.
Cubelic had a number of things to talk about regarding UK’s team going into Stoops’ sixth season, but let’s focus on what everyone’s wondering about this spring: Who will be the quarterback?
“I would have to say Terry Wilson would be your guy,” Cubelic told KSR, “just based off experience and somebody who’s been around the game a little bit longer, if had to say someone is in the lead. But I think that thing is neck and neck and neck. I think it’s really close between three different guys. I don’t think there’s a real true leader.”
His comment that it’s a three-man race and not just two, means he believes redshirt freshman Danny Clark is in the mix with Wilson and Gunnar Hoak.
When asked if he really thinks Clark has a shot at winning the job, Cubelic explained, “In this offense, yes. If we’re talking about a Texas Tech offense or a Washington State offense, maybe not. But with the way Eddie Gran manages this offense, he doesn’t have to have his quarterback do a whole lot.
“Now I think (Gran) wants a quarterback who can open it up and do some different things,” he continued, “but this offense doesn’t require a guy that has to go out and throw the ball 45, 50 times a game and be able to throw darts down the field on a consistent basis. He just wants you to manage things in this offense. Eddie Gran is a ‘take what the defense gives him’ type coach.”
He added that Gran’s offense is all about managing your roster and managing your team’s identity, and with a defensive line that couldn’t get stops last year, Kentucky will win games by controlling the clock on offense, not trying to air it out.
“It’s about managing who you are and managing your roster.”