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How much can Terry Wilson improve this season?

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Terry Wilson won 10 games as Kentucky’s starting quarterback last year. Was he perfect? Certainly not. Can he get better? Absolutely. But did Kentucky also fail to make some plays last season that could have made him look even better? The Cats sure did.

” If you really go back and study, Terry really did a nice job and our coaches did a great job,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “(Quarterback coach) Darin Hinshaw spent a lot of time with him.

“When you really have time to go back and break down everything, there were a lot of plays we left on the field just by the basic fundamentals. And those areas,  will help him alone, just fundamentally getting his proper alignments, fundamentally looking at the proper reads, starting with the proper reads.”

Having a year of experience has to help Wilson know more about what to expect, but it also lets the UK staff know more about what to expect from him, too.

“Just understanding the system and making sure we as coaches are putting him in a position to be successful, what he’s comfortable at,” Stoops said. 

Then here comes the most important part of just how much Wilson can improve.

“And then also getting better around him, putting pressure and getting some explosive wide receivers and guys that can make plays for him,” Stoops said.

Can Kentucky do that, especially with running back Benny Snell Jr. and tight end C.J. Conrad off to the NFL?  Stoops and his staff say yes and if they are right, then Wilson likely will make a big jump with his production this year and be a big help to a defense that doesn’t figure to be quite as good this season.

3 comments

  1. I don’t know, but we’ll see. UK must have a much stronger vertical game down field for starters, and that starts with TW. But there is a whole lot that depends on many others besides TW too. I have read where some current UK backs say they are as good as Snell. I say, go prove it. Back to Wilson, I have faith in his ability, but it is all about team. I also want to see if the revamped UK secondary can get it done, the entire defense for that matter.

  2. Eddy Gran will be the biggest obstacle to overcome this season. He will not give Wilson the green light to show if he has become better and without that, we could be in for a long season. Gran may very well be Stoops’ downfall.

  3. I think we will see a different Touchdown Terry this year when you take into consideration a first year exposure to the SEC and his early on injury that limited his overall effectiveness at different times of the year. The big question appears to be the experience of the secondary…that is simply a wait and see. IMO, Gran, at times is way too conservative, but you can’t deny the won/loss results. The combinations of his QB, “trust is earned belief”, last year’s speed deficiency at WR., Stoops’ questionable impute, and the inevitable bone head calls that plague every offensive coordinator, have earned him the right to this coming season. I’m hopeful that Robinson, Griffin, and Dort can shore up the secondary long enough for Mosley and Echols to develop-here’s hoping!

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