By LARRY VAUGHT
In Kentucky’s first seven games last year, quarterback Terry Wilson ran for 395 yards — including 91 in game six against Vanderbilt. In the last six games, he ran for 151 yards and 79 of that came in the win against the hapless Louisville defense that couldn’t stop anyone.
However, the flip side was that in the last six games Wilson had his three best passing games — 267 yards against Missouri, 226 against Georgia and 261 against Louisville.
Kentucky finished the year 10-3 with the Citrus Bowl win over Penn State as Wilson threw for 1,889 yards and 11 scores and ran for 547 yards and four more touchdowns in his first year as a starter.
But could a lot more be coming this year?
“Terry Wilson is going to make biggest jump just like Stephen (Johnson) did his second year as our quarterback,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said. “I feel the same is coming for Terry. He has unbelievable talent. He has everything you need and he can run. We have a lot of guys waiting to show who they are but so is Terry. He knows he can do more and so do I.”
Wilson ran 10 times for 105 yards and was 11 for 16 passing for 151 yards and two scores in UK’s third game last season when it ended a 31-year losing streak to Florida.
“He looked like one of the top 10 or 15 quarterbacks in the country that game,” Marrow said. “He got banged up for a couple of weeks last year later in the season and was never quite the same.
“We battled some real good schools to get him. I could go on and on about who wanted him. Now it is time to show that. Even though we don’t have Benny Snell back there, we have running backs who are going to surprise you. But the Terry Show is what we need and are expecting this year.”
Some have wondered if UK might limit Wilson’s running this year to reduce the risk of injury.
“You cannot worry about that,” Marrow said. “Running is a natural thing for Terry to do. Terry is a legit 4.4 guy (in the 40-yard dash). I doubt if coach stoops or coach gran going to say not run. He will go through his progressions but with that speed, he can take over any play. Terry has got to be Terry.”