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Terry Wilson is the Perfect Quarterback for this Offense


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Coming into the season there were questions about Terry Wilison. Most of those questions were relatively unwarranted, but two questions remained glaring; how will he perform after a detrimental leg injury and can he improve on the turnovers that hindered him in 2018? Then, the eligibility of Joey Gatewood did nothing but further complicate things.

It seems like some Kentucky fans haven’t learned their lesson by falling in love with the backup quarterback. It has literally never worked out. Stephen Johnson is the only quarterback in the Stoops era that the fans have truly rallied around as their true QB1, and Terry Wilson deserves the same treatment. I’m sure Joey Gatewood will be great, but this is an offense built for Terry Wilson and he thrived in it on Saturday.

So what makes this Terry Wilson the perfect quarterback for this offense? First and foremost, he’s a winner. Coming into the season Terry Wilson was 12-3 as a starter. Kentucky has dropped two games since then, but I don’t know how a reasonable fan can pin these losses on Terry Wilson.

Against Auburn, it was Wilison’s first game back, and it was against one of the best linebacking corps in the SEC. Of course, he’s going to be timid, but he did what he had to do to keep Kentucky in that game through a half.

Once Kentucky went off-script and Terry Wilison threw the ball 38 times, that’s when things went array for the Kentucky offense, which gets me to my point. This is a run-heavy offense, and it needs to remain that way. We all agree the Kentucky offensive line is one of the best in the nation, and they have a three-headed running back room that can cause problems for any defense. Why would Kentucky want to get away from it? Secondly, do you know what makes that rushing attack even scarier? Terry Wilson.

Last season Eddie Gran proved what he can do with a running quarterback, and sure, Terry Wilson is no Lynn Bowden, but he gives Gran a viable option to pick up solid gains on quarterback designed runs. On Saturday, Wilson rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns with PFF grade of 92.o. The second-highest PFF grade for quarterbacks in all of college football.

Wilson’s rushing performance left him as Kentucky’s second-leading rusher, four yards behind Chris Rodriguez, on an offense that rushed for a whopping 408 yards. It clearly works.

At Kentucky, Mark Stoops has only lost two games after rushing for over 300-yards in a football game. Against Tennesee in 2019, and Saturday against Ole Miss. It’s a clear recipe for success. So on a team that’s run-heavy, with one of the best offensive lines in the country, and still has receivers that struggle with separation, Terry Wilson and Eddie Gran are on the right track. It’s hard to put blame on an offense when your defense has allowed 29 and 42 points through the first two weeks, respectively.

This isn’t the air-raid, and it doesn’t have the personnel to be the air-raid. It’s time to stop suggesting Eddie Gran gets a guy to sling the rock when this team’s bread and butter is the run game.

So sure, Kentucky might have dropped the first two games in 2020, and sure there may have been a sack taken here and maybe a bad decision to throw it away there, but every quarterback is going to make that mistake once or twice a game.

However, when was the last time Terry Wilson went and *lost* a game for Kentucky?

Was it when Benny didn’t get the ball on third and six in a game lost in overtime at College Station?

Was it when Kentucky’s defense couldn’t stop Tennessee in a post-Georgia trap game?

Was it when Seth Williams torched the entire secondary? Or was it when Terry Wilson was the second-best quarterback in the nation and his defense gave up 42 points and a kicker missed two kicks?

Conversely, I’ve seen him go out and win games against Flordia on the road, make Louisville defenders look silly, and mount the unlikeliest of comebacks against Missouri; even after Eddie Gran fulfilled the BBN’s wishes by giving Gunnar Hoak some snaps. How did that work out?

Look, Terry Wilson isn’t perfect, but he is the perfect quarterback for this team. After Saturday, I don’t know how anyone could suggest otherwise.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

28 Comments for Terry Wilson is the Perfect Quarterback for this Offense

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:07 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    If you want to call us being turnover prone so far offense then yes Terry is perfect. There are to many reads in this offense for him and it does zero good for a QB to take off if he has a bad habit of giving the defense the ball.

  2. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    6:08 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    We are destined for a losing season so it’s time to sit Wilson if favor of the future.

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:16 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Here’s another funny for you, there’s a legit chance if Bowden was still running the offense we’d be 2-0. Every fault lies on Terry for the 1st loss. If he didn’t turn the ball over in the endzone it’s at least 3(maybe not our kickers suck), and if he didn’t fumble it we would have at least had a chance to punt and our d played really well with long field position that could be 10. He’s also responsible for the deficit that caused the fake punt and another short field, that’s 17…..that’s also the game. Could it have gone either way sure but 90% of the mistakes the coaches made fall on the decision to play Turnover Terry.

  4. JohnnyCat
    6:26 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    As limited as TW is for an SEC caliber QB, I agree with the premise of this post. The problem is not TW…the problem is with the offense scheme, and hence, the OC. But I do give Gran credit … he knows how to run his system, and they do produce with it. I just wonder if the cats have a hard time finding quality playmakers and wideouts with such a run-heavy approach.
    But clearly the big issue is the defense. UK would be 2-0 if they had a half-way decent defense similar to the last 2 years. Oh and of course a better kicker..,lol.

    • blueblood80
      8:40 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      In 2 weeks, Joey Gatewood will be the starting QB – be assured he will get those third and 2 or 4th and one conversions – EVERY Time! He can also deliver the football downfield, on time, and where it needs to be placed. No more TW wounded duck lobs or not finding that wide open receiver. Thank you Terry for all the wins and wonderful things you’ve done for Big Blue though.

  5. goteam94
    6:32 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Terry is not the main problem with this team. It’s quite a stretch to call him the perfect quarterback for this team when you can easily make a case that he’s the reason we lost to Auburn. But the main concern is our defensive backs are not playing good at all and our kickers are trash. Terry had a good game against one of the worst defenses in the SEC.

    • blueballs80
      7:55 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      So what happens if Beau takes over the offense? Each type of offense has its pros and cons. Ole Miss put up 21 unanswered points fast. UK’s current offense would struggle if they fell behind by two touchdowns. We recruit recievers and tight ends but they hardly make an impact in this offense. Won’t be long before opposing coaches use this against us. Personally the offense Mark runs is outdated.

  6. Southky
    6:34 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Yep…I agree. Either Stoops or Gran does not like to throw the ball so Wilson is the perfect QB for this system. Let’s see how a one dimensional offense does this season against an all SEC schedule.

    • blueballs80
      7:56 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Correction Stoops does not want to throw the ball that much. When Gran was OC at Cincy they threw it a hell lot. Gran is doing exactly what Stoops wants him to do.

  7. CatsFanFrankfort
    6:56 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    This is a hard take when we are 0-2. Our secondary leaves dudes open 15 yards down the field and we have no kicking game. Terry is ok, but he is turnover-prone. Maybe wait to post this article once we get a win.

  8. OKB
    7:21 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t like what you’re saying. In essence, you’re saying that UK is not equipped to either deliver the ball through the air or catch the ball consistently. I agree with that premise, but I don’t like it. I’m also not paid $4,000,000 a year to shoulder the weight of that reality. Stoops is.

    There’s no hiding this year between bye weeks and lesser teams. This is the SEC. It’s big-boy ball. One dimensional teams have traditionally fared terrible at UK, yet Stoops’ improving record says otherwise. This year and last year look much different than any other Gran offense. It’s got to be Stoops driving the train on this.

    So it is what it is. This is the team that Stoops has brought to the field. I say dance with the one you brought and love the one you’re with. Quit wasting plays making Terry dance around in the pocket taking sacks. He’s not built for that. Make your opponents stop the read options. Spread the receivers 3 wide and run 2 RB sets. Stoops will either be the GOAT or a goat and that’s okay, that’s what he’s paid to do.

  9. UKCatAttack
    7:44 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been disappointed with Terry. Obviously the turnovers have been bad but other things have hurt us as well. A couple of examples that come to mind is the bad sack he took on 4th down, the intentional grounding, the lack of situational awareness to go for a big play when he’s gotten the defense to jump offsides on a couple of different occasions, and lastly the throw away going for two in week one. It’s been a rough comeback season for him.

    • UKCatAttack
      7:46 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Oh and the QB slide in week one when he was a yard away from a first down. Senior QB should know better.

  10. grammarpoliceUK
    7:57 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    LOL at all the griping. Yeah, it’s your right as a fan. But all I can say right now is I’m elated to not be a fan of Texas, Oklahoma, or Mississippi State! Wouldn’t be real happy as an LSU fan either after getting torched by MSU then seeing Arkansas take them to task. Just a weird season all around.

  11. CatfaninCinci
    8:14 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Doubling down on the narrative huh? We’ll let you ride it to 2-8 and see if you’re still feeling that way.

    Terry misses reads, he overthrows intermediate routes with regularity and his deep ball is inconsistent at best. He’s not a dual threat QB. He’s a run first QB that throws 10-15 passes a game to keep defenses honest.

    The losses this year haven’t been completely on Terry. But guess what, the majority of his 12 wins as a starter haven’t been him either. He rode Benny to wins. But you guys love overlooking that little fact because its inconvenient.

  12. Bigblu30
    8:20 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Couldnt finish after he said falling in love with backup qb has literally never worked out and then used Stephen Johnson as an example of only qb we’ve ever rallied behind. Johnson started out as the backup qb and that obviously worked out

    • E11Q
      8:21 am October 6, 2020 Permalink

      I thought the same thing. Basically this dude is gonna be the kind of guy that tells you “Well hey, I know my wife cheats on me with much more successful, better looking men….but what’s the point in leaving her? When has getting married a second time ever worked out? No thanks, I’ll just stay in this toxic relationship because it’s what I’m comfortable with.”

  13. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    8:54 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Our TE’s don’t do anything. It begs the question, is the big dog an actual coach or just a bag man?

    • E11Q
      9:08 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

      Well, if he’s a bagman, then we really gotta do something about who we choose to pay to play QB for us. Cause right now….YEESSSSSSHHHHHHH!

  14. blueblood80
    8:59 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    And on another note, our
    DB’s were over hyped by KSR all summer. Everyone is back from last year, plus Bossman CRAP and Robinson. Pass defense stats last year were skewed as we played three games in monsoons! U.G.A. passed for 35 yards! Ole Miss receivers were too physical for our undersized backs. Made them look like blue marshmallow smurfs. Not one will sniff even an NFL practice squad.

  15. BlooBloodRon
    11:00 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    95% of these comments and really REEALLY stupid….yes I am talking to you. Go find another team to whine about. BBN no longer needs your services. You are dismissed.

    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      11:04 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Yes masta

    • CatfaninCinci
      8:22 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

      I love it when someone calls comments stupid and tells others to go find another team. If you don’t like the comments, don’t read the comments section. Just keep believing KSR when they say we are going 8-2 or 7-3.

      You Kool Aid drinkers are just as annoying as real fans who point out problems that KSR doesn’t like to admit are glaring.

    • E11Q
      8:22 am October 6, 2020 Permalink


  16. E11Q
    8:02 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

    You know what, you’re absolutely right! Terry Wilson is the perfect running back who takes all the snaps for this offense….if we are tanking to get Trevor Lawrence with the #1 overall pick in the draft.

    Let’s just call Wilson what he is and that’s not a QB. He got cut at Oregon because he’s trash and hasn’t developed as a passer at all since he arrived. It’s ok to say a kid is terrible y’all. He’s the worst QB in the SEC and you’ll never be anything but consistently inconsistent. It’s ok to admit that y’all. It’s not an indictment of the dude as a human being. Let’s just all be real and admit that he was a recruiting miss by Stoops. It’s gonna happen. You just hope it doesn’t happen at THAT position.

    • CatfaninCinci
      8:23 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

      Sensible comment here.

    • E11Q
      11:19 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

      I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not, but I’m willing to defend this opinion publicly. I know getting hurt last year screwed Terry out of a year of development which probably would have helped him, but there’s nothing we can do about that now. As is, he’s not truly a QB because teams don’t even respect his ability to throw the ball down the field. He threw 18 times and completed 14 of them, but of those 14 I think maybe 3-4 completions came beyond the LOS and maybe 2 of those 4 came beyond 10 yards?

      I mean I know our receiving corp isn’t the greatest (because why would high rated WRs come to UK just to run block on 85% of snaps) but the best QBs have the ability to “throw guys open” and Terry seems to consistently “throw them covered” like the go route he under threw by 10 yards.

      And as far as our secondary is concerned, I’m willing to lay off criticizing them for the moment because how can we expect them to be able to defend the pass when they practice against OUR passing attack all week?

  17. Papaw
    8:38 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

    Never been a TW fan. Every snap he takes I’m just hoping he doesn’t turn it over in some way or shoot a wounded duck pass over, under or nowhere near the receiver