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Mark Stoops “anxious” to see QB Terry Wilson play

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Starting quarterback Terry Wilson has been good with ball security in practice, but coach Mark Stoops knows the real test comes when Kentucky opens the season Saturday against Central Michigan.

“He’s not taken the hits that he’s going to take. He did play a year ago (in junior college),” Stoops said. “That’s the good thing. It’s not like it’s been that long. He’s played a lot of football, but it’s different. I think you always worry about that some.”

Wilson has been held out of full contact during preseason practice. Obviously, that changes Saturday.

“I’m sure he’s ready to just play. Any of those guys who have been in that situation, they’re ready to get out there and just get back at it and have contact and be live because we have to protect them through camp,” Stoops said. “Rightfully so, but I’m sure he’s anxious to get going.”

Stoops said the UK coaching staff will script the opening series of plays against Central Michigan to help Wilson. Stoops also doesn’t seem too worried about Wilson being too excited making his first UK start.

“I trust him. He’ll play. We’ll have a few conversations, but I don’t need to overdo it. Just tell him we trust him and believe in him,” Stoops said Thursday.  “We’ll have some talks, but I’m not too worried about that. I’m anxious to see him play to be honest with you.”

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