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Stoops says Gunnar Hoak will continue to play

Today we witnessed Kentucky’s Gunnar Hoak experiment.

The second string quarterback played three series in the third quarter.  Following a three and out, Hoak drove the ball into Missouri territory, but ultimately left the field empty-handed.  Hoak exited the game after one more series, completing 3-of-8 passes for 27 yards.  Stoops explained why he made the move after the game.

“I felt that I had to get Gunnar in the game. I’ve just been feeling that way.  I still will do that,” Stoops said.  “Terry responded. Maybe it’s good for Terry to get out for a minute, calm down for a second, get a change of pace and let Gunnar get in there, get a couple series and take some pressure off Terry.”

Wilson respectfully disagreed in Stoops’ theory that sitting on the sideline helps, but he was not bothered by the move.

“It’s a mindset. I’m a team guy. I’m encouraging all my guys on the sideline, keeping them positive that we were going to win and that’s what we did.”

Eddie Gran said he saw growth from Terry in the final minute of the game.  Wilson completed all six passes for 87 yards on the game-winning drive.  He finished the game 22-of-31 for 267 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Wilson’s late pick almost took Kentucky out of the game, but Stoops was not surprised to see Wilson bounce back when it mattered most.

“I’m glad it worked out that way,” Stoops said. “We’ll continue to explore and put our offense in the best position, but it said an awful lot about him. It didn’t surprise me the way he responded and the way he bounced back.”

Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw weighed in on the quarterbacks’ performance:

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25 Comments for Stoops says Gunnar Hoak will continue to play



  1. michaelb
    10:00 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Gran doesn’t know how close he was to being hung off of a bridge .



  2. davis2319
    10:00 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    That’s coach speak. Hoak won’t see the field the remainder of the season. Sorry papa Hoak



  3. 1111trevor26
    10:06 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Lol k



  4. bwise
    10:24 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t care what Eddie has to say. His play calling still sucks. Defense 7-0, Eddie gran 0-1



    • syrin23
      11:07 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

      No kidding. How many passes were throws straight to the sideline? Half? At the end they were anticipating them and tackling us for a loss. The reality is we don’t have any good QB’s, but what was interesting is in the end, WIlson couldn’t afford to sit there and hold onto the ball. He did that most of the game passing too late letting the defense catch up to the receivers by the time he let the ball go. In the end, he HAD to throw it because of the clock, and when he did, he made his best passes of the day by far which tells me he is sitting there thinking WAY too much. Maybe they can find a hurry up offense that doesn’t rely on passes to the sidelines to free up Wilson so he reacts more than thinks.



  5. UKFootballYall
    10:26 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    That was the most ridiculous substitution of QB’s. Stoops needs to be benched, along with Gran, from QB changes. Really, you run Clark on 2nd and 1 on his first play from scrimmage?!



  6. J-Dub421
    10:30 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Um, let’s just go with Terry. He’s clearly the guy.



  7. Wade
    10:46 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    No Hoak. Let Lynn get the reps. Wouldn’t mind seeing Clark get 5-7 reps though he had 1 run and we’re forgetting him. I’m done asking to see Hoak!



  8. damage_control
    10:55 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    I realize he doesn’t wanna throw Gunnar under the bus right after a huge win but that’s a hard pass. Terry made him $250K tonight and there’s no reason to move forward with ANY question about who should be QB1.



    • blueballs80
      12:22 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Gunnar will transfer. it’s a given.



    • Alex90
      9:42 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Who cares? Backup QB’s are backups for a reason.



    • Skooms
      12:39 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      As he should. He’s not going to start over Terry. You could really tell tonight who the offense wants running the show. They were on point during that final drive! What’s crazy about this game is that if you look at UKs stats, they look like they would have won by 14 or more. The offense put up some good numbers, just couldn’t put up points.



  9. 2thepoint
    11:06 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Well, a little pressure got Terry going, so how is that a bad thing. Stoops, Gran and the rest of us needed to see the experiment. We now have a rejuvenated quarterback. I also think Stoops is right in continuing to play Hoak to give him experience in the event he is thrust into action. The largest thing of all is for recruits to see that Stoops will give a new guy a chance.



    • syrin23
      11:08 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak versus Georgia would be a disaster at this point. Had he played him in the A+M game and had about 30 snaps this game, maybe, but at this point, no way.



    • damage_control
      12:20 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      So you’re all for wasting critical possessions in the Georgia game? Nice take genius



    • WildcatCam
      1:41 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Terrible suggestion.



  10. Le Docteur
    8:03 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Stoops isn’t going to play Hoak again except maybe agains Middle Tennessee or if we’re up by 200 against Louisville. And he SHOULDN’T. This is NOT the time to experiment.



  11. sprtphan
    8:18 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Please stop the insanity coaches. Wilson is the QB of this team.



  12. TBW3011
    8:55 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Why? It’s obvious Wilson gives us the best chance. Stop with Hoak.



  13. zoupman
    11:24 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Playing Gunner was smart. He needed reps and the time out of the game helped Terry. I hope he continues to play a different QB at least 2 series every game.



  14. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:47 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    This is an attempt to force Terry to settle down. Don’t keep audilbing or thinking you can do it all youself and actually trust your mates because you can be pulled but if do try and do it yourself don’t worry about getting hit or hurt because you can be pulled.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:48 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Not saying he would.