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Stoops admits staff considered switching quarterbacks

Terry Wilson was 13-20 for 108 yards and one touchdown tonight, but his decision making was a liability, contributing to Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss to the Aggies.

One of Wilson’s biggest strengths is scrambling, but he only netted four yards rushing on 14 attempts, a testament to Texas A&M’s top-ranked rushing defense. Mark Stoops admitted on the postgame radio show that the staff considered switching to Gunnar Hoak, but stuck with Terry.

“I thought they did a good job of affecting the quarterback with coverage and pushing the pocket. [Terry] was not comfortable all not. That’s on everybody, not just on him. We’ve got to do a better job as a coaching staff to put him in a position to get him some comfort. Our players have to get him some protection and we have to do some things better. That’s on all of us to work on that. It’s not on any one guy. You talk about affecting the quarterback, they did that to him and in a big way.”

It’s easy to be frustrated with Terry right now, but there’s plenty of blame to go around for tonight’s loss. Here’s hoping the bye week helps the Cats rediscover their mojo.


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48 Comments for Stoops admits staff considered switching quarterbacks

  1. michaelb
    11:47 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Loot at Terry’s season passing numbers lol . Some teams have second string qbs with better numbers . Against Murray st. Hoak hit pass after pass after pass. He makes the receivers better just by playing like he does . It’s crucial that we add that passing element . The running game and everything else turns limitless when that happens . They won’t have clue how to guard us at that point . This is 10000% fact

    • Bluebros
      11:51 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

      I’m a “Keg is half-full” kinda guy and Kentucky Football will be alright but there is no question that Terry should have been pulled after the first drive in the 3rd quarter. There is no question…

    • Larkin123
      12:27 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      We need to play the best quarterback To beat Georgia! I don’t know if we have that guy. Our defense is so good…. It doesn’t matter the threat of Wilson might help most games. However, what happens when you can’t run the ball or they slow you down? I think that’s the question you have to ask. The answer is you have to pass the ball. Again, our defense is so good you have to ask the question how you’re going to score if you can’t right now. And don’t measure against Vanderbilt. You have to measure a game like this.

    • Wade
      12:29 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Go for 2 and the win at [email protected] after a pick 6… that’s killer.

    • jimmer
      10:26 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Terry should not get a TD for basically handing it to Bowden on a jet sweep. Bogus.

    • devildog587pi
      1:10 pm October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Wilson is not ready for this role.He has the deer in the head light look,scared,unsure ,no confidence.All i see is fear in his eyes,a kid in an overwhelming situation,who knows his game is not ready for the SEC.Time for Hoak,Snells game will be better with Hoak as well.TMO

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:30 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Oh but he’s FAST…lol

  2. angscot1
    11:49 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Hoak should start against vandy and then go from there.

  3. michaelb
    11:50 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    They should only have ran wildcat formation in OT . Basically could do that in any game that goes to OT

  4. Catlogic15
    11:51 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    “Plenty of blame”? What game were you watching? Coaches lost this game. No qb switch (teams do it regularly), no Benny feed in ot.
    That last call was laughable with an inept qb having the responsibility. We’ve seen this from Stoops before but this was his penultimate failure.

  5. blueblue
    11:55 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Did they consider going for two after the defensive TD? On the road, especially in that kind of atmosphere, you’re supposed to play for the win not for OT. They could have won it in regulation.

    • Bluebros
      12:01 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Ha, my brother called it!! It would have taken some BALLS that Stoops don’t have but I would have respected the heck out of that call! Benny in the Wildcat at the two for the game! I like those odds…

    • blueblue
      12:30 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yep. Exactly!! I’ll take those odds also.

    • Cmart0907
      7:39 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops don’t have the balls to make them calls. They’re about conservative as they come.

  6. Wade
    11:56 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Seemed like every pass was a loss but the one play… I thought 5-100

  7. CombatMedic_98
    11:56 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    He needs to put in a QB that can throw the ball.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:49 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      you need stop pretending you’re not Slater you idiot!

    • CombatMedic_98
      9:43 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Salty… calling me Slater and Idiot seems to make you appear angry…calm down chief…you’ll be alright!

  8. Le Docteur
    11:57 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry, but at the end of regulation, Wilson’s fumble trying to pitch to Bennie nearly lost the game then. Only a scared QB who’s in full panic mode does that. Not throwing the ball away and taking a sack in OT — again a scared QB. Wilson was absolutely atrocious and Stoops’ “we need to do things to make him feel more comfortable” comment was ridiculous. Do what.

  9. KYjellyRoll
    11:58 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Well, as a coach, you considered switching? So, you know your qb is really being bothered and probably can’t perform like he should…yet you do nothing? Been better off saying that you thought Wilson would be fine. No, you knew he was bothered and didn’t make the right decision.

    • dismore
      11:07 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly right. You make no adjustments knowing he was bothered. They are called quick hit passes and if covered immediately tuck and run LIKE A MAN. Not scared. Terry is terrified of getting hit.

  10. michaelb
    11:59 pm October 6, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like to me Terry was point shaving

  11. drbigblue
    12:01 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Tired of hearing Stoops excuses! Been hearing them for years after nawing off our legs pfg watching our teams play their hearts out and end up losing after defensive or as the last last six quarters, offensive blunders by our coaching staff! Saban has what it takes to make changes? Come on MAN!!!!
    I feel for our players and don’t blame them!!
    A big shout out for our Defense & Offense that played their hearts out and deserved to win.

    • Cmart0907
      7:40 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      That’s all Stoops do is make EXCUSES!!!! You seen the offense struggling all game. Adjust and make the damn change. This is what they get paid to do.

  12. KYjellyRoll
    12:03 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    He’d get real comfortable on the bench for the vandy game of it was my call…but, it isn’t. So terry will continue to start. Hoak for starter

  13. drbigblue
    12:04 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    As I can remember, Conrad was 3 for 3 on receptions, why not use him more with a passing QB

  14. drbigblue
    12:06 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Back to the old Jokers Phillips days , no forward passes, only side to side for a loss or little gain and no first down.

    • Cmart0907
      7:42 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Side to side passes with no help from the receivers to block for the receiver that’s catching the ball. Get swallowed up in the backfield. Can’t effectively throw a screen pass and have blockers ahead.

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:31 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Me too

  15. wildcat1994
    12:18 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    This article is silly. There is no stoops quote given to back up the title of this article. Ksr can do better than click bait

  16. stunninsteve
    4:41 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Terry is not the answer. The coaches have fallen for his athleticism and ignored all the obvious signs that Wilson is not and will never be the answer at QB.

  17. stunninsteve
    4:49 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Terry Wilson is not the guy to lead this team. The occasional run does not make him the field general we need. We have our Kordell Stewart, only without the arm accuracy. Drives me crazy watching him stare down receivers and hold the ball ten seconds. Most of our holding penalties are due to the o-line trying to keep him from getting hurt while he does his chicken-with-no-head routine

    • ricko52
      8:30 pm October 7, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops blew another one you at least give Gunner a few series they were daring us to throw this game was there for the taking,remember in playoffs Hurts not getting it done and lord forbid Saban puts a freshman in what was he thinking he should have left Hurts in and lost the game!

  18. makeitstop
    5:37 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    As Rupp once said “it’s not ur fault son, I’m the dumb SOB who recruited u here.” Terry isn’t the guy. Make the switch.

    5:54 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Terry doesn’t need to be pulled, just need to use a qb situational. In this game, a passing QB was needed. Means nothing long term. That’s why you have multiple players. Terry is the starter, but gunnar should have had some drives.

  20. Matt10
    7:53 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Mark, Mark, Mark (shakes head).
    Let me fix that quote for ya.
    “We thought about making some adjustments to win the game but decided to just stick with what wasn’t working.”
    You’re welcome.

  21. drbigblue
    8:15 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Stoops, your a excellent defensive coordinator, but head coach your not. We need a good head coach with good offensive and defensive coaches. Defensive coach, baby your in!! Head coach and offensive coach, hit the road Jack and get new ones in!
    Benny & Terry, not your fault .

  22. dgtuk
    8:51 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like the coaching staff is as indecisive as the QB. We ALMOST changed quarterbacks….we ALMOST put a kicker in who can kick it 44 yards…

    No guarantee either would have made a difference but don’t you have to try?

    Oh yeah and then there is the brilliant decision to not use Benny.

    Bad night for coaching staff.

  23. CombatMedic_98
    9:45 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Should have switched QBs 6 games ago…we would be beating teams by 21 points or more with Gunner Hoak under the center…

  24. Kentuckiana
    10:57 am October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Everybody just calm down.
    We are 5-1, just lost to a very good rush defense on the road.
    We will probably have another roadblock against Georgia but I will gladly take a 10-2 record this year.

  25. FunkyMonkey
    12:04 pm October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Vince Marrow is this program, plain and simple. Stoops will stick with Gran because they are old time buddies from FSU days. Teams now will stack the box against Terry since they know he can’t throw it to the point it will be ridiculous. Consequently Benny’s numbers will go down, no more Heisman talk,,,, poor Benny, cause I love the guy. All because of hard headed coaches who are not open to change.

  26. kyrgaines_12
    1:00 pm October 7, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t blame Terry for anything. Sometimes you need to try something else but for whatever the reason the coaches weren’t comfortable with it. Very risk averse offense.

  27. CoachCat
    2:37 pm October 7, 2018 Permalink

    Oh how the times have changed. Just last week I was crucified for saying Terry Wilson couldn’t throw a football. Where are the peeps that kept reposting what I typed. You can repost the last response right about now. The one where I said as soon as we go against a team that stops the run you’ll see how bad Terry Wilson is. I believe I was called a idiot, the worst type of fan, and told to find another team. Well. I was right.

  28. KYtrain
    9:32 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    It’s clear Hoak should’ve had a shot at a few series. If nothing else give Terry a chance to hit the reset button. Although Terry has been impressive at times and without him down in the swamp I’m certain we lose. My biggest question mark for him is his lack of effort when it comes to fighting for that extra yard; on several occasions on 2nd down I saw him slide short of the first down marker that set up 3rd and shorts. Which my not seem like a big deal, but once you get the crowd behind the defense for a chance at a third down. You set yourself up for a tougher play to convert, or worse false start penalties. That’s the biggest drawback in his performance in this game and the difference between having a running quarterback like Terry instead one like Steven Johnson. However I would argue that although Benny was held to 60 yards plus or minus a few. We never made Texas A&M stop the run. You win last week in convincing fashion over South Carolina by running the ball and playing great defense. This week we played better than great defense and gave up on our running game at the sound of the first whistle. Some of which was because of early down penalties which I understand. However, it’s just hard to stomach watching Kentucky be so close to Achieving greatness that’s within reach because there are so many weapons on this Kentucky team not named Benny snell #no-disrespect

  29. kjd
    1:19 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    One of two things: 1) Wilson was injured (no sign outward sign of it) or 2) he is so fearful of turning the ball over, he is avoiding hits as much as possible. His lack of effort to get the first down in OT (slid two yards short) was infuriating. There were several times throughout the game he shied away from fighting for extra yards. The TEAM needs max effort from ALL positions.