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Wilson Misses Second-Straight Practice, Gran Assessing QB Situation

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson (3) threw a touchdown pass to Kentucky Wildcats tight end Keaton Upshaw (88) in the second quarter as Kentucky played Mississippi State on October 10, 2020. Photo by Mark Cornelison

Senior quarterback Terry Wilson did not participate in Tuesday’s UK football practice. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran revealed in Tuesday’s press conference that Wilson missed a second-straight practice due to an injury that coach Mark Stoops identified as “minor.”

Due to his injury and inconsistent production at the quarterback position overall, Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood and freshman Beau Allen are both getting reps ahead of the matchup against Georgia this Saturday. Even though Gatewood was not totally efficient on the stat sheet, Gran liked Gatewood’s poise in his few snaps at Missouri.

“I thought he was good. He looked comfortable,” he said. “I liked his eyes in the huddle. He’s got a lilt bit of the Stevie Johnson deal, you know? He, it just doesn’t faze him. He was excited and I wished — we had a drop ball for the kid. The reads… two reads he could’ve made a little bit different, but he made two reads that were really good. For his first go at it, I was really excited for him and I’m excited about where he’s going right now from yesterday and today.”

Stoops said on Monday that he wanted to the offense to be sharper, as they were unable to move the ball against Missouri with the exception of one drive. Eddie Gran had similar comments today, saying they have to be more precise by tomorrow.

“I want to see it first in practice. I want to make sure that we give them, first of all, us as a staff, we give them enough looks to where he’s comfortable making that read and then if it’s not, I’m taking it out. If we’re not making the (right) decisions at the end of Wednesday, game’s over. If I’ve got seven plays to call, I’m calling seven plays, but by God we’re going to do it fast, we’re going to do it well. It’s not going to be sloppy and it’s not going to be something where we can’t make a read. That’s what I’m really concentrating on right now and I’m putting the pressure on those quarterbacks to make sure they make the right reads and the guys on the outside are doing the right things.”

The offensive situation looms uncertain in Lexington at the moment, and with defensive power Georgia rumbling into town on Saturday, their inability to get going could be even more troubling.

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