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Mark Stoops “really impressed” with quarterback Gunnar Hoak

Gunnar Hoak (Vicky Graff Photo)


Quarterback Gunnar Hoak will complete his degree at Kentucky next month and could become a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining if he decides to leave Kentucky knowing that Terry Wilson still has two more years left at UK after starting last season when UK won 10 games.

Kentucky lacked a consistent passing game last year even though it won 10 games because it depended on running back Benny Snell.

Coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran want to expand the passing game this year and get more consistency out of it. Stoops said Tuesday that UK’s passing game has been better this spring — and was very complimentary of Hoak.

“Throwing the ball good. Terry’s really done good. Gunnar had one heck of a scrimmage (Saturday). I was really impressed with Gunnar,” Stoops said. “Our twos right now, defensively, the depth isn’t what I’d like it to be right now. You definitely feel a little more different.

“But not to take anything away from Gunnar because I’ve been really impressed with him. He’s played really well. I’m not taking anything away from Terry because just in general we’re throwing the ball better. Terry has worked extremely hard. We’re improving. But I thought Gunnar really had a good scrimmage.”

Stoops said UK has to get better play at receiver and be able to give whoever the quarterback is more “options, weapons” to use.


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  1. He could push Wilson for playing time, but I don’t think that will happen if the past is any indication. I look for Gunnar to transfer, but we’ll see. He has had a hard time at UK getting playing time. A fresh start may be a good thing for him.

  2. He needs to transfer, period!!!!
    Stoops and Gran and singing the same song they have for years. Beginning to sound like Tubby when he always said they were going to run more; never happened.
    They have raved about Gunner every year, then he never sees the field.
    This kid has put in the time and now needs to go to a school where he is needed and has the opportunity to show what he can do.

  3. This just continues to be spin and yes we have heard it all before. I have always been a fan of Hoak, and maybe he didn’t always shine when inserted but difficult when you get John Hooded. These statements are for his and his parent’s consumption.

  4. Hoak should be the starter. Wilson just doesn’t have the consistency to beat the better teams.

    1. Hey Dukemandoo1000, I will say one thing for you, you are consistently opposed to every coaching decision made by these UK coaches, in any sport. You are a basketball expert, and a football expert all rolled into one. How fortunate we are to hear from you.

  5. Wilson was the QB for a 10 win football team. What more did he have to do to earn his Cats’ Pause?

    1. When you look at Wilson’s stats, he didn’t win the 10 games. That had a whole lot more to do with Snell than Wilson. Yes, Wilson had a nice couple of games, but there is a whole lot of qbs that could have done what he did with Snell behind him.

      1. Come on OF, it is a team sport. Wilson is the best of whom they have. I think we will see more out of Wilson this year.

  6. The way I look at it, if Hoak had been the better QB he would have been on the field. Us fans that wanted Hoak to see more playing time didn’t see them practice everyday. Wilson won the job and will be the starter come 2019 season.

  7. The most popular man on campus is the back up quarterback, until he becomes the starting quarterback, and then the most popular man on campus is the back up quarterback.

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