Kentucky senior quarterback Terry Wilson and sophomore offensive guard Kenneth Horsey have been named to the 53-player 2020 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award Watch List, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in association with The Associated Press (AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization announced Wednesday.
Wilson returned to action in Kentucky’s season-opener at Auburn after missing most of last season with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury he suffered on Sept. 7, 2019 vs. Eastern Michigan.
The senior quarterback is currently 14-6 as Kentucky’s starter and is tied for second in total wins as a starting quarterback, with starting lineups available since 1993 (19, Woodson; 14 Hartline; 14, Lorenzen; 14, Wilson). He also has 853 career rushing yards and ranks second behind Pookie Jones (854) for the most career rushing yards by a QB (min. 2,500 passing yards).
As for Horsey, a native of Sanford, Florida, the sophomore lineman has battled a heart issue that was found prior to his arrival at Kentucky for his freshman season. Back in the spring of 2018, doctors found a growth on one of his heart valves, forcing him to have open-heart surgery on April 8, 2018. At the time, his football future seemed in doubt, though Horsey instead decided to fight through.
After redshirting the 2018 season, Horsey returned in 2019, where he saw action in four games. Just a year later, he earned the starting left guard spot on the Kentucky offensive line, playing in all six games this season. As a starter, Horsey has helped the Wildcats rank second in the SEC in rushing offense at 176.7 yards per contest.
Rather than recognize student-athletes from all divisions each week, several watch lists are being issued throughout the season, with three overall winners set to be announced alongside the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, held on January 2, 2021.