When Terry Wilson arrived on campus, the Big Blue Nation was excited to see what he could do with his feet. For the last eight months he’s focused on improving his arm, and he can’t wait to show off the results.
“I just gotta play ball,” UK’s starting quarterback said today. “I’m just looking forward to getting the W and focusing on this week.”
Wilson was far from a polished product when he first stepped on campus in January.
“The silly mistakes he was making early, now those are just routine [plays] for him,” said quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw. “He knows not to make them. His decision-making on our RPOs and all of those situations have been very, very good. He’s getting more comfortable.”
After learning the playbook, Wilson had to learn how to recognize defensive coverages. Through a heavy dose of film study, Terry Touchdown has become more comfortable making decisions in the pocket.
“I’ve seen it on film,” said Wilson. “Coach Hinshaw stayed on me in the spring, trying to help me stop not moving up in the pocket too much and doing those things. I felt like I got more comfortable with the offense and I got the chemistry with the wide outs. It just started showing and we started connecting. It took a while to get it clicking. I just wanted it all to happen in spring, but it takes some time.”
Being patient is difficult. It’s a virtue he had to learn while playing junior college football in Kansas. The lessons he learned at Garden City paid dividends once he got to UK.
“When I had those six months in JUCO, I just had to keep in my mind to have a chip on my shoulder wherever I land at. Once I got here, I kept that chip on my shoulder and just worked hard. Good things happen.” He added: “Some times you gotta take different routes to get where you want to be. I’ve always kept faith and kept working hard.”
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Wilson has always had plenty of speed. He had to work hard to become ingrained within Kentucky’s offense. Now he believes he can make any throw his coaches ask of him.
“Now that I’m comfortable with the offense, I can throw the ball all over the field. I still can run the ball, but I look forward to throwing the ball down the field and making big plays all around.”
Hinshaw knows Wilson will make some mistakes, but he believes Terry has what it takes to lead Kentucky’s offense.
“You can’t be so hyped up. Balls will be overthrown. You’ve gotta be calm, even-keeled, but he can make all the throws,” Hinshaw said. “There’s not a throw he can’t make. I love his mechanics. He’s worked hard on them since he got here in January. He’s worked at Pro Nation. He’s worked at keeping the ball away from his head. His accuracy has gotten better and better.”
Wilson’s game has grown exponentially. On Saturday we’ll see just how much he has grown when he steps on the field for the first time as UK’s starting quarterback.