By LARRY VAUGHT
He’s played sparingly during his time at Kentucky and has not had many chances to showcase his talent in front of Kentucky fans.
Friday night redshirt sophomore quarterback Gunnar Hoak completed 14 of 15 passes for 174 yards and two scores for the Blue team and went 9-for-15 for 88 yards with the White team in UK’s Blue-White Game.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops praised Hoak, who backed up Terry Wilson last year, often during spring practice.
“I thought tonight went well. I thought the team looked really good and defense looked good, offense did well too. Overall, and all spring, I thought we looked good,” Hoak said. “You just have to go out and compete. No matter who it is, no matter what the team is you just have to go out there and do the best you can. Try to win.”
Wilson was 10 of 12 for 191 yards and two scores the Blue team Friday night. He’s back for his junior season and, like Hoak, has two years of eligibility left.
Stoops said Wilson has continued to work on improving his fundamentals since last season ended with Kentucky winning 10 games.
“He and coach Hinshaw have worked hard to fundamentally be in better position to deliver the football. And I think he and Gunnar Hoak have both worked hard and improved,” Stoops said.
But will Hoak be at UK next year? Will he be willing to start out behind Wilson again or might he transfer after he graduates in May and still have two years of eligibility left?
“My main goal right now is to focus on these last two weeks of finals of course. I came here to graduate. That’s the biggest goal in life, to get through college and get a degree, so right now I have to focus on finals, these final papers, see what happens then,” Hoak said.