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Mark Stoops: All four UK quarterbacks have “winning passion”


Now that Terry Wilson has joined an exclusive list of Kentucky quarterbacks to beat Florida — and will likely have a chance next year to join Derrick Ramsey as the only quarterback to beat Florida twice — one has to wonder what gives him the winning mentality he has.

Former UK quarterback Stephen Johnson had the same trait the previous two years. However, coach Mark Stoops believes he has more than one quarterback on campus with that winning mentality — and that’s really good news for UK football.

“Terry certainly has a great mentality as far as being a team player. I really thank all of our quarterbacks for that because that’s tough in that position. So much attention is given to it and first of all, you have to be great around him for the quarterback to be successful, and you have to be balanced, and you do have to have that mentality,” Stoops said.

“I could say that about all of our quarterbacks. Just like Gunnar (Hoak) again, preparing and being ready to step in like he had to a week ago, continuing to worry about the team’s success. Danny (Clark) is like that, he has a contagious winning attitude and same with Walker (Wood), he’s down there on scout team giving us a great look and developing himself and getting better in his game.

“I appreciate that from all of our quarterbacks. They all have a winning passion and desire to play well for the team. They all have a calmness about them and a confidence about them.”

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