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Stoops talks Terry Wilson, Joey Gatewood on SEC Teleconference

After a superb performance against Ole Miss, Terry Wilson struggled vs. Mississippi State, completing 8 of 20 passes for only 73 yards and a touchdown, along with 50 yards on the ground on 13 carries. On today’s SEC Teleconference, Stoops acknowledged Terry’s tough day vs. the Bulldogs, but cited other factors that contributed to it, such as dropped passes by wide receivers and poor protection from the offensive line.

“He is better,” Stoops said of Terry’s growth during his Kentucky career. “That doesn’t mean each and every game. This past week definitely wasn’t one of his stronger performances. Hopefully he’ll bounce back and have a complete game this week. But overall, he’s more experienced, he understands the offense. We have to help him in certain situations, stepping up at wide receiver, giving him some protection. So, there was a combination of things this past week that didn’t look very pretty but overall, he is a more complete quarterback.”

Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood made an appearance late in the Mississippi State game, rushing twice for five yards and throwing one incomplete pass. Although Stoops maintained that Terry is Kentucky’s starter, he also said he is confident that Joey Gatewood OR Beau Allen could step in if need be.

“Definitely impressed with Joey and you definitely can see the talent. I think he picks things up very well. He goes through his progressions. He can put the ball anywhere on the field and he’s big and physical, so we’ll see where it goes. Terry is our starting quarterback and we really need Terry to have a big game here this week but Joey’s ready to go, along with Beau Allen. I’ve been super impressed with Beau Allen as well. Again, I think both of those quarterbacks are progressing well behind Terry.”

The backup quarterback is always the most popular guy on the team, but odds we see Gatewood if Terry struggles again on Saturday?

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9 Comments for Stoops talks Terry Wilson, Joey Gatewood on SEC Teleconference

  1. Southky
    4:47 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    To answer your question about seeing Gatewood if Wilson struggles…no.

  2. WILDCATS1968
    5:06 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    I think we need to see him even if terry Wilson is having a good game. Throw some new wrinkles at teams, make them game plan for a different QB that does some different things from the starter, not to mention to get him reps in the even the starter is injured or just doesn’t get it done. I think Gatewood can help this football team even if it is a couple series per half. Not saying bench Wilson, as i feel he gives us the best chance at winning from a overall stand point, but if you have weapons, use them.

    • WKY Cat
      7:17 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Lord no. Stoops and Gran aren’t going to throw any wrinkles at teams. We want to be predictable!

  3. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    5:12 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    I’m afraid that if Stoops pulls Wilson it will be much too late to make a difference.

  4. Bluenblood
    5:34 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    So full of it. Hes just talkin is all. Would not like to hear that as a player

    • Bluenblood
      5:36 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Just dunno. Is he covering for Eddie?? He prefers his QBs to hand the ball off or do one of those stupid lateral passes which simply do not work in the SEC

  5. Rick_S
    6:48 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    Id start Gatewood and run with will pay off next year as well

  6. wildcatdon
    7:53 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is full of coach speak. He has no intention of letting Allen or Gatewood play until Wilson is gone. And Rose with his 7 fumbles in the last 6 games? If that had been anyone else they would be looking for a transfer. He would never play them again.

  7. millertim
    9:56 am October 15, 2020 Permalink

    Wilson needs to be on a short leash… Gatewood is the FUTURE and looks good in the pocket. He runs with strength and authority— can take a hit and not fall down or fumble. He NEEDS to play serious minutes Saturday!