By LARRY VAUGHT
If you have been wondering why Terry Wilson was named Kentucky’s starting quarterback, you finally got a chance to understand in the 27-16 win at Florida Saturday night.
Wilson ran for 107 yards and one score — a brilliant 24-yard burst that showcased all his speed — and complete 11 of 16 passes for 151 yards, including a 54-yard scoring bomb to Lynn Bowden in the third quarter and a 29-yard strike to David Bouvier to open the scoring.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said those were the kind of “explosive” plays they felt Wilson could make.
“He still has a lot of football ahead of him. He’s going to get better every opportunity,” Stoops said after the win. “He was dynamic today when he pulled the ball down and ran.
“He missed that throw at the end of the half. We felt we had that play set up and he missed that throw. We told him at halftime to go back out there and let it rip and let’s go play the second half. And he made some big plays.”
Wilson’s perceived edge over Gunnar Hoak at quarterback was his ability to make yards with his speed and running ability on broken plays like he did against Florida.
“Those are critical, to have a quarterback that’s very dynamic like that. Your structure of your defense puts a lot of pressure on you,” Stoops said.
“You’ve heard me talk about it when we play dual-threat guys. The fact that he can do that, as we progress and start throwing the ball more, it’ll put more and more pressure on the defense.”