Phil Steele knows college football, and yesterday, he named Kentucky’s Terry Wilson one of eleven new quarterbacks he finds “intriguing and impactful.”
Wilson accomplished something in just his second career start at Kentucky that had not been done in 31 years, and that is leading the Kentucky Wildcats to victory over the Florida Gators. In his first experience in a hostile SEC road environment, the top-rated juco transfer from 2018, according to ESPN, racked up 256 total yards (151 pass, 105 rush) and accounted for all three of Kentucky’s offensive scores. He was also 4-4 for 78 yards on third down and gave the Gators fits all night long. Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet and avoid taking sacks will come in handy for this Kentucky offense.
He is also much faster than former Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson and will be a danger for opposing teams when he takes off running. His arm may not be his strength, and he can be prone to turnovers, but his true dual-threat ability is something that will likely take Kentucky’s offense to the next level. Some of his teammates mentioned that Wilson is already a great leader and is setting the tone at practice. Wilson, who began his career with Oregon before transferring to a junior college, appears to have found a home in Lexington and could lead the Wildcats to their third consecutive bowl game and first bowl victory since 2008.
As Steele says, Wilson gives Kentucky’s offense a different dynamic, and even though he’s turnover prone, he moves quickly past his mistakes. On Monday, Mark Stoops said Wilson’s ability to stay cool under pressure reminds him of his predecessor.
“Very much so, there was absolutely no worry in his eyes at halftime. He knew he made a mistake and was frustrated by it but he’s got a very calm demeanor about him, much like Stephen. He had a lot of confidence in himself that he would go out and play well during the second half.”
Enough confidence to throw bombs like this:
At practice last night, Wilson told reporters he’s been floored by the support from fans following the streak-busting win over Florida.
“The fans here are awesome,” he said. “I love them. I love the Big Blue Nation. I feel like we got that win for them.”
Show Terry some more love and vote for him to win Manning Award Quarterback of the Week by liking the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page and the photo below (you’ve gotta do both):
Right now, he’s trailing Missouri’s Drew Lock, so tell your friends. Voting ends at noon tomorrow.