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Stoops expects Terry Wilson to make full recovery, no medical redshirt planned

In the wake of yesterday’s news that Terry Wilson is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon, Mark Stoops started his weekly press conference by expressing his sympathy for the junior quarterback and thanking him for leading Kentucky to an incredible 12-3 record over the last 15 games.

“Obviously very disappointed for Terry Wilson and greatly appreciate what Terry has done for us. The leadership he brings to this team and the way he’s played in the past year and two games. It’s been a long time since somebody’s helped us win 12 out of the 15 starts that he had. That’s quite an accomplishment for Terry. I believe that only Alabama in the SEC has a better record over the past 15 games than us. So, Terry’s a big piece of that and to be our starting quarterback and to lead us to 12 victories out of 15 opportunities is saying something about him. So, he’s going to be missed. We appreciate him.”

Although patellar tendon tears among the toughest knee injuries to come back from, Stoops said he expects Terry to make a full recovery, noting that this is the same injury Darius West came back from a few years ago.

“I do anticipate a full recovery from that. Should not be an issue. Very similar, really the same injury that Darius West had and Darius came back with no hiccups from that whatsoever.”

“He’s a resilient guy and this injury is very clean,” Stoops added later. “I know there’s been speculation out there. It’s a clean injury. It’s better than some of the alternatives. His ligament is totally fine. His cartilages are all fine. So, we need to repair this and he’ll be out for the season but he’ll be back with no side effects.”

Once the swelling in Terry’s knee goes down, he’ll have surgery to repair the tendon and rehab will begin. Because Terry already redshirted a season at Oregon, he cannot apply for a medical redshirt for a sixth season. Next season will be his final year at Kentucky.

“No,” Stoops said when asked about a medical redshirt. “Terry was three-for-three [three years to complete three years of eligibility] so it won’t matter. Next year will be his last year.”

One of the most upsetting things about Terry’s injury is that it came after an offseason of hard work, the results of which we were just starting to see on the field. In Kentucky’s first two games, he was 33-52 (63.5 percent) for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 44 net rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.

“It is what it is. I just feel for Terry and appreciate what he did and I will say I’m just proud of the way he’s been playing and progressing. He’s looked very, very good in the first two games and looked good all summer. He wasn’t perfect but he looked much more comfortable and all the things he worked on for the offseason were coming to fruition here this season. He was getting better and better so I just feel for him because I know the work he put in. But again, he’ll bounce back and make a full recovery.”

Stoops acknowledged that the news has been tough on the team, but is confident his players will turn the page today to begin preparing for Florida.

“We all feel terribly for Terry. As I told the team afterwards, I could tell just by being in the locker room after the game on Saturday that guys were disappointed and flat and really felt for Terry.”

“I was a bit concerned because I tried to pick them up a little bit after the game, you know? And they will. They’ll respond. They’ll walk through the building and be confident and ready to go. We just all feel for Terry. Again, I can’t understate it, what he’s done for us. He’s a remarkable young man and you know that position takes some thick skin. You’ve got to be able to be very confident and be tough-minded and he’s been that. And he’s worked really hard. Hasn’t been perfect but he’s led us to a lot of winning in the past 15 games he’s been here, so we’re definitely going to miss him but you have to bounce back. You have to be resilient and we have to move on and I’m confident our team will do that.”

How is Terry holding up? Stoops visited him after the game.

“He was disappointed like you would expect,” Stoops said. “He’s worked very, very hard and he was down but he won’t be defeated. He’ll be back. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 Comments for Stoops expects Terry Wilson to make full recovery, no medical redshirt planned



  1. StuckinLville
    1:21 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    Makes it suck even more since it was an illegal tackle.



  2. RackEmWillie
    2:27 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    So, then what’s the purpose of the medical “redshirt,” if not for this exact situation?

    And I thought it was more of a situation in which, after next season, he would apply for the extension and potentially be granted an additional year.

    I mean, when Case Keenum was at Houston, he got a 6th year. So, is the difference that Wilson transferred? Good to know.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:55 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

      You have to have lost two seasons for reasons beyond your control. Playing the one year in junior college counts against the 5 year window to play 4 years, as does the redshirt year at Oregon. It sucks, but that’s the rule.



  3. DelrayCat
    2:31 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    I think the reality is no one wants to speak on something so far in the future.
    We may have another QB or two…plus another knee-rehabber who may have something to say about who starts at QB for Kentucky in the Fall of 2021….assuming TW is even the starter Fall 2020….



  4. bbn606
    2:52 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    Medical redshirts usually happen when they are injured early in their 5th year.



  5. MtnCat
    3:42 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    …thought he couldn’t apply for medical hardship year till after his eligibility was exhausted, and only then would it be taken up for consideration …



    • ClutchCargo
      3:58 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

      He was asked the question by a reporter. His reply means that Terry won’t be eligible for a 6th year, so UK won’t apply for it when the time comes.



  6. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    7:02 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    I appreciate everything TW has done for us, and wish him a speedy recovery. That said, whether we want to admit it or not, his days of being our QB1 are done. Time to start developing the talent we have and progress them along and allow them to become THE QB to lead us to the next step. To take that next step we’ve got to realize relying on a grad transfer QB year in and year out is not the long game answer. Those are stop gap measures. Power Conf perennials recruit and develop top tier QBs. Time to join the fold.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:43 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

      I believe TW will be the starting QB next season, he’s a tough one.



  7. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    9:27 pm September 9, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t entirely disagree, but I think we have GOT to start developing some of our QBs that we recruit. So long as we keep going the JuCo route for our signal caller, no HS QB of program elevating status will consider us. IMO.