Ask three different people about UK’s quarterback of the future and you may get three different answers.
Joey Gatewood is the popular pick among anyone lucky enough to attend UK’s super-secret spring practices. The consensus is Gatewood would’ve been the starter if UK had to play a game last month, and that the second-year hometown kid Beau Allen wasn’t far behind, if behind at all in the longer term projections. Still young and underdeveloped, Allen is only 16 months removed from Lexington Catholic High School.
Then there is the third option, incoming transfer QB Will Levis, who wasn’t on campus to compete with Gatewood and Allen in spring football. Levis moved into his new UK home last week, and he didn’t leave Penn State to sit the bench in Lexington.
Fun fact: Levis ranks 10th in career rushing yards by a QB at Penn State in only 15 games for the Nittany Lions. He’s been working on his biomechanics too.
Levis is the favorite pick among many SEC football prognosticators, including the minds behind the new Athlon Sports College Football Preview. In the new 2021 edition of the popular college football mag, Levis is listed as the projected starter for the Cats with Allen, not Gatewood, in the second slot. Athlon cites Levis’ connection to Liam Coen as the reason behind its early QB pick.
As for what Athlon thinks of Levis as UK’s starter, he is ranked No. 89 of 130 in the QB rankings. Only South Carolina’s Luke Doty ranked lower from the SEC, at No. 92.