Mark Stoops saw no hesitation from Terry Wilson in the quarterback’s first week of preseason practice since he missed the entire 2019 season with a knee injury. In fact, Stoops might have wished Wilson showed a little more hesitation at times.
“When he made the decision to pull it down and run — I am really trying to be quick on my whistle, believe me, I don’t want to see him stretch it out and run,” Stoops said, “but pulling it down, he’s like a bolt again, just like he used to be. When he pulls it down he can really run and hurt some people.”
While most may have been disappointed to see the start of the 2020 SEC football season delayed to the end of September, Kentucky’s head coach believes Wilson will benefit from the extra time to re-acclimate to the game, although as far as Stoops can tell, Terry didn’t necessarily need that extra time. Wilson was making elite throws on the first day of practice.
“I noticed it again today. He really has a good comfort level in the pocket and he stepped up in the pocket, delivered the football down the field and threw it really well,” Stoops said. “He looks really good early in camp and it’s only been three practices, but he looks really good.”
Drake Jackson already notices a difference in the huddle. With Wilson directing traffic, the offense moves faster.
“I love Terry. He’s a great dude and he’s always been professional about the way he handles everything. That’s why he’s 12-3 as a starter,” said the UK All-SEC center. “We’re excited to have him back just because of what he’s able to do.”
It’s not just what he’s able to do; it’s what Wilson can help others do that will make this offense special.
“It’s not just him,” said Jackson. “I think we have some guys out at the receiver position that are starting to make plays. We have a three-headed monster at running back — maybe more than three, I don’t know — so much experience. Yeah, we love having Terry back. It’s different. We’re running real offense, but I think he’s handled everything real well for himself. ”
The first time that real offense ran a real play in a real scrimmage against a live defense, A.J. Rose ran it between the tackles to the house. Not a bad way to start the 2020 season.