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Quarterback Danny Clark transferring; what will Gunnar Hoak do?

Danny Clark (Vicky Graff Photo)


No one can really be surprised that Kentucky redshirt freshman quarterback Danny Clark is transferring.

He barely played more than me this year and with the way sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson played against Louisville — not to mention leading Kentucky to a 9-3 record — there was little chance Clark would see significant playing time the next two years unless Wilson is injured.

If Clark transfers to another Football Bowl Subdivision program, he will have to sit out a season and have just two years of eligibility remaining.

“After thinking about this for months, I have decided I will be furthering my education and football career at a different school in 2019,” Clark posted on Twitter Tuesday. “I have a lot to offer a team and I want to play for a school that fits my style of play more. Thanks to everyone for your support! Love u BBN.”

Remember midway of the season when Clark’s father posted on Twitter that his son could be transferring — and then deleted the post. Clark was originally an Ohio State commit before deciding to leave his home state to play for Kentucky.

Clark was third on UK’s depth chart behind Wilson and redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak. Now what will Hoak do?

My guess is that Hoak will be with the team at the bowl game and stay for the spring semester so he can earn finish his degree. Then he could transfer as a graduate student and have two years of eligibility left and play immediately at a Football Bowl Subdivision program.

Neither Hoak or Clark has really had a chance to play at Kentucky, so it’s easy to understand why both could transfer. Quarterbacks want to play but unlike other positions, the No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks seldom get a chance to play. That’s why UK fans should wish Clark well at his next stop and do the same for Hoak if he decides to make the same decision in the spring.

Kentucky has redshirt freshman quarterback Walker Wood on the roster and two quarterbacks among its 20 commitments in the 2019 recruiting class.


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  1. This is no surprise. I wish Clark well.

  2. Would Clark need to sit out a year?
    Could he not use this year as his 5th year to play four years?
    He did not appear in more than four games.

  3. 2

    This is the order of progression on season wins since Mark Stoops arrived.

    Coach Stoops and his staff are here to win, and they will make personnel decisions based on their informed view about who can make winning most probable. Some players don’t make it, and they have a choice. Clark has made his just as others before him have made similar decisions. Hoak may make a similar decision as well, but that is up to him.

    Whether Hoak stays or goes, I am confident that next year, just as this year, and all prior years, there will be a huge argument among fans that Stoops is playing the wrong QB. Right now, the QB job belongs to Wilson, and he is just finishing his sophomore year.

    The job is his for the next 2 years, barring injury which is always possible. That is why the #2 and #3 QBs on the team must be ready to step up at any time, but that does not translate into the amount of playing time that these back up QBs want, or the fans believe is necessary.

    I trust Coach Stoops to continue leading this program forward and primary to that is the coaching staff’s personnel decisions.

    Good luck to Danny Clark, of course.

  4. UK under Stoops still can’t handle UT.

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