Terry Wilson has been on Kentucky’s campus for a little more than three months. Friday night the quarterback will get the opportunity to play in front of fans at Kroger Field for the first time. Friday night can’t come soon enough.
“I’m fired up. I can’t wait,” Wilson said. “I’ve been dreaming about it, waiting on it, so I’m going to be really excited to go out there and score some touchdowns.”
The Blue/White Game has the players excited. For the coaches, it’s the first time they’ll see how Terry Touchdown, Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark respond under pressure.
“You can simulate it all, but you gotta go out there and do it,” quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw said today. “It’s gonna be a test…You have to go and handle those environments to go play. That’s what Stephen Johnson did an unbelievable job, is he thrived in those environments and that’s what you have to do at quarterback.”
When Eddie Gran was asked how much Friday night’s performance will factor into quarterback competition, he said, “zero point zero.” The offensive coordinator admitted that was a smart alec response. He simply wants to note that there’s a much larger body of work on film from practice that will weigh into the decision.
“It all matters, every rep matters.” Gran added, “You wanna see when the lights are on, you wanna see how they react.”
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Throughout the five weeks of spring practice, Hinshaw has seen growth from all the quarterbacks.
“We have improved a lot,” said Hinshaw. “At quarterback we have done what I expected us to do to get to this point. We are not where we need to be. What we need to work on is playing the game, and that’s going to happen all summer going against the defense, and that’s going to happen in the fall when we put it all together before we get ready to go in August.”
Gran has set goals for the quarterbacks. First, take care of the football. Nothing is more important. “That ball is the program.” Second, he does not want to see the QBs take sacks. They need to get the ball to playmakers quickly to execute the offense.
For Wilson, he just wants to cut loose and have fun playing football. There have been a lot of mistakes and opportunities to learn over the last month. All of that hard work will culminate Friday night in what he expects to be an entertaining exhibition.
“It’s been a learning experience this whole spring, and it’s been fun,” Wilson said. “We’ve been putting in all this work. We’re just excited to go out there and showcase what we can do.”