This morning, Kentucky backup quarterback Gunnar Hoak announced he will enter the transfer portal. In today’s press conference previewing the NFL Draft, Mark Stoops said Hoak leaving Kentucky isn’t a done deal, but he supports his decision to explore his options outside of Lexington as a grad transfer.
“Gunnar and I had a great talk yesterday. He’s a great kid and as I told him, he really had a good spring. I told you all that after one of the scrimmages that he really played well, as good as I’ve seen him play. I think you understand that because he’s a competitor and he wants to play. It’s not a done deal that he’s going to go somewhere else. I think he’s going to look at it and just check his options and I told him we would have another discussion about it at a later time and we’ll see where that goes. Just want to be supportive of him and his decision but it does put us in a situation where we’re a little thin.”
If Gunnar does go elsewhere for his final two years of eligibility, that leaves Terry Wilson as the starter and only Walker Wood and true freshmen Amani Gilmore and Nic Scalzo (who is recovering from a torn ACL) behind him. After the season, Danny Clark announced he was transferring as well.
“Obviously we get thin with Danny [Clark] moving on. Listen, we’re not uncommon to that. Unfortunately, it’s part of this situation right now with college football and college athletics and we have to deal with it…But you’ve got to count on some young guys, and Walker [Wood]’s coming back and he’s definitely healthy now and playing the best he’s played since he’s been here and you’ve got the two young guys coming in.”
As for Scalzo, Stoops said his rehab is going well, but they’ll exercise caution in bringing him back.
“Nic, if you know anything about Nic, you know he’s going to say he’s ready just like Walker. Those guys will play with an ACL injury, that’s how tough both of them are. Obviously, we’ll make sure he’s ready to go and he will not play until our trainers tell him he is but I know he’s working his tail off and seems like he’s going to be ready but we’ll see. You’ve got Amani coming in as well, so we’ll have to check to see where he’s at.”