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The Backup QBs: Who is behind Terry Wilson?

With Gunnar Hoak’s departure from the Kentucky football program, the quarterback room is quite thin behind Terry Wilson, the returning starter from last year’s 10-win season. Wilson is the guy again in 2019; after him, though, it is a very inexperienced bunch.

The three backup QB options combine for exactly zero minutes of real college football action. They’ve taken the same amount of snaps as you and me in the SEC. Two of them aren’t even on campus yet; the other, Lexington’s own Walker Wood, will be in his third season on the roster but hasn’t seen the field since joining the team as an early enrollee in January of 2017.

Here is a little bit more about each of the three options behind Wilson:

The Veteran With No Game Experience

Walker Wood | So. (RS) | 6-0 | 189 | Lexington, Ky.

Wood has been in UK’s QB room longer than anyone, but he has yet to take an actual snap on the field. He finally worked his way back into playing shape after multiple injuries, but he would be hard to trust if thrown into action against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference.

In this month’s Blue-White spring game, Wood went 3-for-5 with one very ugly interception, thrown directly into the hands of linebacker Jordan Wright.

The True Freshmen

Amani Gilmore | Fr.| 6-2 | 180 | Amite, La. 

KSR Film Room: Amani Gilmore

Gilmore is a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Louisiana, who also dabbles in a little baseball as a left-handed pitcher. In fact, he intends to play baseball at Kentucky and already has Mark Stoops’ blessing to do so.

But on the football field, Gilmore is a playmaker and a winner, having led his high school to a 14-1 record and a state title in his senior season. He recorded six touchdowns and took home MVP honors in Louisiana’s 2A championship game.

The 247 Sports Composite ranked Gilmore as the No. 39 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class and the 42nd best prospect out of the Bayou State. The scouting report on him says raw and undeveloped, in part because of his time spent playing baseball.

Nik Scalzo | Fr.| 6-0 | 175 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

KSR Film Room: Nik Scalzo

Nik Scalzo sees himself as a young Baker Mayfield: a little undersized for his position; overlooked by several schools for being a couple inches too short; creative with the ball in his hands; and eager to prove everyone wrong at the next level. He told KSR, “(Mayfield) is my favorite player ever. I would consider myself the same play-style as him. I’m not as cocky as him, but we have the same mentality because we’re both short quarterbacks. We’ve both been told our whole lives that we can’t do it.”

Scalzo put up Mayfield-like numbers at Cardinal Gibbons. He led his high school team to a combined 32-6 record in his three seasons as the starting quarterback, before tearing his ACL in a state playoff game this past December. Recovery has gone better than expected and he is cleared to join the team this summer.

The 247 Sports Composite ranked Scalzo as the No. 28 dual-threat QB.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for The Backup QBs: Who is behind Terry Wilson?

  1. jdarren1963
    8:39 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully, Wilson won’t get hurt. Lynn Bowden may be the best backup QB we have.

    • kjd
      4:13 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Not going to happen. One, he’s our #1 receiver. Two, did you not see his very ugly pass out of the wildcat last year? Three, he does not practice at QB.

  2. shelby
    8:46 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

    I’m more worried about our defense backfield than our backup QB. Lynn bowden can play qb in a pinch.

    • Wade
      9:23 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Kash too while oats get more reps

    • cats646
      9:46 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Omg, could you imagine Kash coming in at QB and leading us to a win in a big game?! Very very unlikely, but DAMN what a party this state would throw afterwards!!!! Lol

    • friendsofcoal
      10:57 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      He was one helluva QB in HS!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:56 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      He’d be the hardest hitting qb in the NCAA.

    • cats646
      5:55 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      That’s the damn truth, the hardest hitting and by FAR the meanest!!

  3. Kendrick
    9:37 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Walker Wood might be one of the worst QBs to ever be in the UK uniform. The only reason he was recruited by UK was because of Jedrick Wills. He needs to just leave.

  4. Kendrick
    9:40 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Walker Wood is one of the worst QBs to ever put on the UK uniform. He was only recruited because of his high school teammate Jedrick Wills, he needs to go somewhere that he could actually play… like Campbellsville. He is a waste of space

    • mashburnfan1
      11:26 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      can you repeat that, we did not hear you the first 2 times. Kid is prolly here cause he grew up a fan and wanted to get an education.

    • bigbluenationmbb
      8:34 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburn is an idiot when it comes to basketball when it comes to football he’s gotta a very good mindset

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:35 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      You really should have your a$$ handed to you by the entire offensive line for talking such shit against a kid who plays for UK.

      Sorry he stole your girl.

      Mash with a good comment.

    • Kendrick
      3:39 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Because he “plays for UK” I should have the Oline do something? They only protect people who play, not random kids from Kentucky who were used to get their high school teammate

    • blueballs80
      12:11 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      @ Kendrick. I never thought anyone was born a loser until you posted! Cheers to being a petty SOB.

  5. zoupman
    9:16 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    I hate Gunner was never really given a chance. Wish he wasn’t leaving.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:02 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Let’s try this again: “He wasn’t given a chance” has become one of the most Collosally false statements ever uttered in the Commonwealth.

      If he was capable of winning in the SEC he would have played.

      Stoops and Company have MILLIONS of $$$ riding on the win – loss record.
      Is Gunnar not playing because Stoops want to loose?

      Idiot fans.

  6. Catcasey1
    11:33 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    We are in deep sh t if Wilson goes down………