By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky junior Terry Wilson was not one of the quarterbacks named to the preseason all-Southeastern Conference team. In fact, one sportswriter ranked him as the 14th best quarterback in the 14-team SEC and another preseason publication rated him as only the nation’s 73rd best quarterback — about 30 spots behind Sawyer Smith who transferred from Troy to Kentucky.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow just laughs and shakes his head about the lack of respect he sees for Wilson, who led UK to a 10-3 record last year.
“Terry Wilson is going to make the biggest jump this year just like (former UK quarterback) Stephen Johnson did his second year as a starter,” Marrow said. “Terry has unbelievable talent.
“He has everything you need in a great quarterback. He can throw and he can run. We have a lot of guys just waiting to show who they are this year and Terry is one of them. You didn’t get close to seeing all he could do last year.”
Junior receiver Lynn Bowden expects a lot more from his quarterback this year, too.
“Terry’s developing as a true quarterback, not just a running quarterback. We work every day, me and him, just throwing the deep ball,” Bowden said at the SEC Media Days. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t connect on some of the deep balls last year throughout the whole season.
“So this year, our main focus as a whole receiving corps and quarterback corps, we just want to focus on connecting the deep ball. Losing (running back) Benny (Snell) .. Benny was a good player. Some of the running backs this year coming up are going to be just as good as him.”