For the very first time since his season-ending injury on Saturday evening, Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson opened up about his current state of mind as he gets ready to dive into the rehabilitation process.
On Monday night during his weekly call-in show, Mark Stoops called Wilson to have him discuss his torn patellar tendon and how he’s feeling.
“I’m doing alright,” Wilson explained. “I’m just hanging out on my couch [right now], got my leg propped up on my couch. But I’m doing alright.”
While he seemed to be in good spirits overall, the Kentucky junior was quick to admit he’s pretty frustrated about the injury and the fact that he’s not with his teammates preparing for the Florida game.
“It sucks I’m out right now, but I’ve just gotta get better and recover,” he said. “I’m feeling for [my teammates], I know those guys are missing me and missing my presence, so I’ve just gotta be there for them and keep that positive attitude for the guys.”
When asked if he had any advice for former backup and now-starting quarterback Sawyer Smith, Wilson said he hopes he goes out there against the Gators on Saturday and trusts himself and the teachings of the Kentucky coaching staff.
“Just go out there and play football and don’t second guess yourself,” Wilson explained. “Don’t be scared to make mistakes. Just rely on your techniques that Coach (Darin) Hinshaw teaches us and I feel like he’ll definitely do fine.”
Wilson said that in the time following the injury and receiving the official diagnosis, he has appreciated the endless support from the fans and his peers.
“All my teammates, even from Oregon, JUCO, they’ve all been hitting me up,” the Kentucky quarterback said. “The guys on the team now, they’ve been stopping by, seeing me, just calling me and checking up on me. It means a lot, shows me how much I mean to the team and the fans and everything. I feel like that’s just gonna push me to keep having that positive attitude.”
Immediately after the Eastern Michigan game, Wilson’s teammates still hadn’t gotten the chance to speak to him in person, but shared their messages to the injured Wildcat through KSR’s camera lens.
Running back Kavosiey Smoke even said the team was dedicating the rest of the season to Wilson.
“Keep your head up,” he said. “We’re going to push through for him. This season’s dedicated to Terry Wilson.”