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Quarterback Joey Gatewood still applying for waiver but sees positives if he has to sit out 2020 season

Quarterback Joey Gatewood hopes he has a good case for his appeal for eligibility next season. (Larry Vaught Photo)


Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood certainly passed the look test at Kentucky’s media opportunity Wednesday with early enrollees in the 2020 recruiting class.

He’s listed at 6-5, 230 pounds and looks every bit of that. He’s also got an unassuming, outgoing personality that UK teammates and fans should really like.

He redshirted in 2018 at Auburn and then played in five games as a redshirt freshman — he completed five of seven passes for 54 yards and ran 29 times for 148 yards and three scores — before deciding to transfer.

Once he put his name into the transfer portal, he made two visits to UK and committed to the Cats.

To be able to play in 2020, he would need a waiver from the NCAA.

“I am going to try (to ask for a waiver) and see how that goes but I don’t have any more information,” Gatewood said.

Does he have a good case?

“We’ll see,” Gatewood smiled and said.

What if he has to sit out a year and then have two years of eligibility left for 2021 and 2022?

“There are a lot of positives and negatives to it (sitting out a year),” Gatewood said. “Just get to know the group of guys around me a little more, get a better understanding of the offense and how things are done and see more how the program is ran.

“It would give me a whole spring and fall camp and then after that take the ball and just run with it.”

He was a four-star recruit and 26th rated player overall nationally in the 2018 recruiting class after throwing for 1,468 yards and 12 scores and running for 1,100 yards and 16 scores to help his team win the Florida Class 7A state title.


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  1. He could be the future answer at the QB position for UK. I would be surprised however if the NCAA declares him eligible for the 2020 season.

  2. Its just as well. If Terry is healthy, he will be our starting quarterback next season.

  3. Love to see if we run some of the plays Bowden ran. I understand Terry is not as elusive in the open field, but he could be a larger threat with some of the plays. Maybe even use some packages another athlete that has ability to run the Wildcat that isn’t a running back.

  4. If Terry is healthy I agree he is the starter. But what if he’s not? That is a tough injury to come back from. Here is wishing him well because I think Terry is our best shot right now to pick up where UK left off in 2019 if he is at 100%. I would not rule out Beau Allen seeing the field some either in 2020. Throw Gatewood in the mix too if he is granted playing time in 2020, which I doubt happens. Sawyer Smith’s role? The backup. I look for some of the other QB’s on the roster to start looking to transfer. Never hear a word about them.

  5. Pup correct me if I’m wrong I thought Sawyer Smith did transfer.

    1. I don’t think so Cats79. Smith transferred to UK from Troy and was Wilson’s backup in 2019 for a while until Lynn Bowden got the call. As far as I know Smith is still on the roster.

    2. Sawyer Smith transferred to UK but he is at UK rehabbing and getting ready for spring ball

  6. Smith really only wanted to be the backup, and finish his career at UK.

    1. He was very content with that role it seemed Gene and hopefully will be again if Terry is okay

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