By LARRY VAUGHT
When Auburn quarterback Joey Gatewood was contemplating where he would transfer, he didn’t let the offense Kentucky had to use last year because of injuries turn him off the Wildcats.
Instead, he found the positives in the way UK managed to win even with Lynn Bowden at quarterback the second half of the season.
“I am a big running factor at quarterback and can do that (what Bowden did) myself. Watching how they schemed was good and seeing what they could do with Terry (Wilson) two years ago and combining that into one. I really feel I can do all that, too,” Gatewood said.
He’s still waiting to hear from the NCAA about his eligibility request for next season.
He threw for 1,468 yards and 12 scores and ran for 1,100 yards and 16 scores to help his team win the 2017 Florida Class 7A state high school title. He redshirted in 2018 at Auburn and then played in five games in 2019 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.
“I really feel like I can make a play with my feet or my arm. It’s not just about my feet (running) because I can do it with my arm as well,” Gatewood, who has the same type self confidence that Bowden did, said. “I feel like I don’t do one better than the other one. I feel like I am a really talented runner and really talented passer as well
“But it’s about more than just playing. I can just gather a group of guys who believe in a common goal of winning and lead them.”