One unexpected outcome from Kentucky’s victory over Vanderbilt is a quarterback controversy.
Despite Kentucky’s 6-1 record, UK’s passing game has struggled through the last ten quarters, culminating with an 18-yard passing performance from Terry Wilson last Saturday. Terry is still Mark Stoops’ guy, but Stoops leaving his options open.
“Terry’s our starting quarterback,” Stoops said at today’s press conference. “He’s going to start this week, but we certainly need to look at the other guys and see if they can get an opportunity to get in there and play and help us win. We’ll have a plan and we’ll work Gunnar pretty extensively this week and have him ready to play as well.”
Stoops cannot pinpoint why Wilson has struggled recently. Some of the blame rests on the coaches’ shoulders. From the outside, it looks like a confidence issue. Stoops is not so sure.
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I talked to Terry today before this and he doesn’t see it that way.”
Stoops can see on film what Terry must do to improve.
“Getting the quarterback to pull the pin and make accurate throws and to trust himself. He has done that this year. He has been successful. He has put us in a position to get to the spot we’re in right now. But he’s also not played his best in the past couple of games.”
The wind likely played a factor in Wilson’s hesitancy to let the ball fly against Vanderbilt. The gusts all but eliminated the prospects of a vertical passing game, however, the wind does not excuse all of Wilson’s mistakes.
“There were times where he could’ve thrown the ball and didn’t. That needs to be fixed. That I can’t defend,” said Stoops.
Kentucky’s head coach believes Wilson can do what it takes for this team to be successful. He’s seen Wilson do it time and time again through seven games. The line will be drawn in the sand if and when Wilson is a detriment to his team’s success.
“There were set opportunities that we didn’t throw the ball that we need to get fixed and I’m confident we will. Terry has done that. He’s played winning football for us and put us in a position to win a lot of games. We greatly appreciate that and he’ll continue to do that. He will start, but once again, I owe an obligation to the rest of our team to put us in a position to win games so you have to have other guys ready to go.”