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Stoops has no indicator on who starting quarterback will be

Gunnar Hoak (Vicky Graff Photo)


Spring practice is over but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Friday’s Blue-White Game that he still has not set timetable to decide whether Gunnar Hoak or Terry Wilson will be his starting quarterback.

“I don’t think anything really jumped out at me that I hadn’t seen most of the spring. I think it’s fair to say that with any quarterback they’d like to be in there getting all the reps,” Stoops said after the game. “That’s always a tough situation when you’re in these situations because they need all the reps they can get.

“You know, again, I felt like throughout this spring, we gave them a lot of live looks and put the ball down and had a lot of scrimmage type situations, and I did feel like they got better the second part of spring.”

Stoops said it was not like one player had a clear edge on replacing Stephen Johnson as the starting quarterback. Hoak is a redshirt sophomore and Wilson a junior college transfer.

“There’s been days when one has looked better than the other and vice versa. It’s just not fair for me to say that at this point because they’re — I’d be just throwing something at the wall,” Stoops said. “They both have done some good things, and both need improvement in certain areas.

“But again, just like you saw tonight, and I can’t say it enough, it really depends on the guys around them. Giving them some time, getting open, creating some space, making tough catches, getting tough yards. That always lets the offense go if we get those things going.”

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