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Mark Stoops: “The quarterbacks will be fine.”

Eddie Gran, Gunnar Hoak (Vicky Graff Photo)


Some good, some bad.

That’s how Kentucky coach Mark Stoops described his team’s quarterback play after Saturday’s scrimmage, the first major scrimmage of spring practice.

“I’d like to say it’s all good across the board, but everybody says it, but it’s true about they need players around them. Offensively you have to be in sync. You have to have some guys that will create some big things for you,” Stoops said.

“We did hit some today. It seemed like after some of the ones were out of there, they did hit some. That’s what we need. The quarterbacks will be fine. We need guys to make big plays around them.”

Stoops said redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak and junior college transfer Terry Wilson split first-team reps in the scrimmage.

“Right now, with the way this spring has gone, we’re fairly thin offensively. It’s hard to get all the reps that you need,” Stoops said. “We really can use 200 plays out there, but we’re too thin at certain spots to do that.

“The quarterbacks need the live reps, as many as we can get. But we try to even that out. But Gunnar starts the first two or three series and then Terry gets some with the ones as well.”


  1. Hope Stoops is right. UK finds itself in a most troublesome position. No QB with any starting or game time experience in the SEC. He did not sound overly concerned, but the offense is a question mark right now.

  2. He’s just building in his excuses.
    How many QB’s has Stoops had to leave the program, 3-4? UK has had a hard time getting or even keeping an experienced QB.
    Mac Smith got hurt and never played for UK again. Towles left the program.
    Barker went down, to never come back.
    Last year, Johnson seemed to always be banged up to the point he couldn’t accurately throw a pass 5 yards.
    Looks to me like Stoops needs to have at least 2 QBs ready to play at any moment because 1 doesn’t stay healthy at UK for very long.

    1. The problem with UK football is they are always in such tight games with their opponents, even non SEC opponents, that they can’t sub in a young QB to get much needed game experience. Gunnar needs a fair shot, and in all honesty should be No. 1 based on his time at UK under Hinshaw, and Gram. He has been in the system longer, but I think these coaches have doubts about naming Gunnar the No. 1 right now. So,…. they bring in Terry Wilson, and seem to be giving him a real chance to be the starter, splitting reps with the ones between him and Gunnar. In all honesty, I don’t think Drew Barker was the answer either even had he stayed on the team. He was never the same QB after the injury.

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