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What will Gunnar Hoak do?

Looking ahead to the 2019 Kentucky football season, Mark Stoops has a precarious quarterback situation.  Fortunately, Stoops’ staff will not be in the middle of a quarterback competition, however, they will be walking on thin ice to figure out who will replace Terry Wilson if the mobile quarterback is sidelined by a big hit.

Only three days after the season ended at Louisville, the first domino fell.  Redshirt freshman Danny Clark announced he would transfer from Kentucky, leaving Darin Hinshaw’s quarterback room with three scholarship players — Wilson, Walker Wood and Gunnar Hoak.  The latter’s status still remains unclear.

Many speculated that Hoak would be the first quarterback to announce a transfer.  A redshirt sophomore in his third year at UK, Hoak battled toe to toe with the JUCO transfer throughout the preseason.  Hoak lost the competition, but played in the season opener.  After Wilson was sidelined with an injury against Central Michigan, Hoak sparked the offense with a touchdown pass to David Bouvier in the final minute of the first half.  When two second half series by Hoak failed to produce points, Wilson re-entered the game and did not relinquish that role the rest of the season.

Wilson’s first year as Kentucky’s starter wasn’t perfect.  After the Vanderbilt game, critics called for Hoak to lead Kentucky’s offense.  Even Gunnar’s father aired his grievances on social media ahead of the Missouri game.  No. 12 was eventually called into the game for a few series, but only completed 3-of-8 passes for 27 yards before Wilson returned to lead Kentucky on an improbable game-winning drive that cemented his spot as UK’s starter.

Terry Wilson is not going anywhere anytime soon.  Like Hoak, Wilson has two years of eligibility remaining.  Many assume Hoak will transfer to search for playing time elsewhere.  Today we learned Hoak will graduate in May, which means he could transfer and be eligible to play this fall.

Will Gunnar become Kentucky’s second quarterback transfer of the offseason?  Sources tell KSR it’s likely, however, nothing will be official until well after spring practice in May.

In the event Hoak does become a grad transfer, Walker Wood would be the only scholarship quarterback behind Wilson with any experience in the offense.  Kentucky has recruited to fill the void with Amani Gilmore and Nik Scalzo, although neither will be on campus until June and Scalzo will be rehabilitating a torn ACL.  The transfer market may also be explored, but just like in Hoak’s case, you don’t know until you officially know.

Terry Wilson’s style of play requires an offense to always be prepared to operate with a second quarterback. Hoak filled that role admirably in 2018.  If Hoak does not want that role in 2019, finding the right person for the job will not be easy.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

31 Comments for What will Gunnar Hoak do?

  1. davis2319
    5:03 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    “Hoak filed that role admirably” lol

    *immediately exits out of app

  2. oruacat2
    5:27 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    I would not be surprised and I would not blame Hoak if he decides to transfer.
    If he can get an advanced degree and more playing-time elsewhere then he should do so.

    • Ridge Runner
      5:46 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed & I’m just not as concerned about the backup as I probably should be. But we will have one as coaches will ensure to it. with any backup, you really never know until their number is called.

    • Wade
      6:26 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      He never did shit to be honest I called for Clark and they forgot him

    • oruacat2
      6:28 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing against Wilson, but it seems to me that QB is the one position on the team where you risk really screwing up the depth chart by shopping for junior-college-transfers. The irony is that if Hoak does choose to transfer, he’ll be doing to some other young QB exactly what was done to him. I hope the coaching staff is pointing at Alabama’s QB situation over the past two years as an example of how your number can get called at any time, but in the meantime they have to figure out ways to get these backups some minutes.

    • makeitstop
      7:30 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      U remember how bad Florida’s season crashed and burned a few years ago when Will Grier went out and – was it Treon (?) – had to take over and they were awful. Even Bobby Bowden came to their defense and said “ever try and play without a QB? It isn’t much fun.” You must hv an SEC caliber back up ESPECIALLY when u expect ur QB to run 10-15 times/game. Mark and big dawg and whoever else they need should do a Mark Richt to Jarren Williams type sales job to keep our number 2 guy unless they truly think Walker Wood or one of the new kids can step in immediately.

  3. oruacat2
    6:32 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    I was typing as you posted, Wade, but Danny Clark is an even better example: all the hoopla and “yahtzees!” during the recruiting process when he switched his commitment, then he gets leaped on the depth chart by an incoming transfer. It has to be maddening, but I guess it’s the new reality.

  4. makeitstop
    6:44 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Would not blame him. Nick – and Gran apparently – are in love w running QBs – not “dual threat” bc that implies they can pass. Did u notice how many rushing yards Trevor Lawrence had? Or Tua? Or Jake Fromm? Lawrence had like 27 yards last night – Tua rushed 4 times. Fromm had <100 yards on the season. Haskins at OSU? Athletic guy, but he rushed for about 10 a game and threw for over 300 a game. To win – to really win – u have to be able to accurately read and pass it. Yea they need to be capable of pulling it down and scrambling but occassional 40 yard exciting broken field run does not make u a dangerous SEC QB, a strong, accurate arm does.

    • oruacat2
      6:47 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      That’s the question – do you want an athlete who can throw the ball, or do you want a QB who can run when the need arises. The UL game was promising, but Wilson scares the bejesus out of me when he drops back to pass.

    • bwise
      7:02 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Bingo! Preeechhhh!!! We saw nothing from Wilson, people who are blind will point to his completion percentage and not think about how his percentage is that high….it’s on 1 yard passes…watching Lawrence throughout the year and KNOWING when he threw the ball it’s either on the money or close was beautiful. Watching terry throw (other than at the line of scrimmage) and KNOWING it was probably not close was a nightmare. The brutal reality is…if we had even a decent throwing qb this year we go 11-1 this year and would have actually been in the Georgia game. The defense is gone next year…literally the whole defense. Rose is a capable back but he’s not snell. We aren’t going to win games best year struggling to get to 20 points. Please god let Gilmore be as good as his tape looks…please.

    • CombatMedic_98
      7:24 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Now this ABOVE by bwise’ are FACTS…!

    • CoachCat
      8:29 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      In order to be a duel threat QB you have to be able to pass the football. Wilson can’t throw

  5. bigbadcat
    6:56 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Until the UK Coaching staff (I’m looking at you Eddie Gran) learns to recognize and what to do with a competent QB this will be a recurring story. We didn’t finish 10-3 BECAUSE of Terry Wilson. We finished 10-3 despite Terry Wilson. Our offensive woes fall directly on Terry Wilson’s shoulders. I’m sure he’s a great person, he’s just not an SEC level quarterback.

    • zoupman
      7:13 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Great post, BBcat. I hope Gunner stays and is given a fair chance. I don’t think Gunner or Clark either one were treated fairly. Coaches fell for Wilson and in 13 games, he never showed us why.

  6. Soylentbeans
    8:07 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Nice coach section I mean comment section people.

  7. BoogieDMC
    8:25 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    You people are morons. Gunnar couldn’t beat out Terry. I’d love for Gunnar to stay, but Terry is better. I wouldn’t blame Hoak if he left. Clark is the one who should’ve stayed another year.

    • makeitstop
      9:42 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe – but he didn’t. In light of that, keeping Gunnar is important. He had offers everywhere, he can play in the SEC. if he’s ur backup, fine, u need one in this league.

  8. east-ky-boy
    9:43 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t like nick. That’s all

  9. kjd
    10:48 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Nick mentioned a transfer as a possible option for a backup. Huh! Who in their right mind would transfer to be a backup!?

  10. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:30 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    Gunnar is as much a SEC qb as Wilson is. When your starter sucks it doesn’t matter if your backup is as good as him. Right now when need to hope and pray Gilmore explodes on to the scene and takes the job over completely. His early struggles can’t be any worse the inaccurate/bad decision passes Wilson threw all season. Wilson can be the backup and play out of the wildcat. Plus Gilmore already has a connection with Lee.

  11. JASUN74
    6:41 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    Lmao. I hope he stays myself. He’s a good kid and the way Terry plays, it’s just a matter of one bad injury and he’ll have his chance to shine. Off topic here. The picture? I’ve never noticed before and maybe he’s taking some kinda muscle boosting stuff, but am I crazy or does it look like he has a HUGE LEFT BOOB!! Hahahahaha. Damn I hated to even write that. Lol. Seriously though check it out. Not just a little one but a big ol booby. Hahaha. Sorry!! I’m so ashamed to point that out but it had to be done. Haha

  12. JASUN74
    6:43 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    Lmao. I looked again. Haha. I know!! Lol. I mean that sucker is round and a big ol nipplit and everything. Ahahahhabaha. Ok I’m done.

    • kjd
      11:39 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

      “OK I’m done.” Does that mean you had a happy ending?

  13. Alleykat16
    9:42 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    What would happen if a better qb than Wilson and Houk fell into Stoops lap. Say a Grad transfer from another program. What would happen then.

    • kjd
      2:02 pm January 9, 2019 Permalink

      IMO, a really good grad is going pro. A grad transfer is a player that’s not going to be playing pro ball so not a great talent that you would take for only one year.

  14. loservilletard
    10:02 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    the real question is who is Holly Hoak, she s a babe from the looks of th epix.

  15. SGD
    11:51 am January 9, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like mom was saying goodbye to her son, as he returns to campus after Christmas break. Everybody wants to make a story.