The Kentucky Wildcats held their spring game on Friday night instead of Saturday, like three other SEC teams will do.
Coming into the game, there were plenty of questions facing Mark Stoops’s squad, particularly who would start at quarterback.
The offense “won” the game by a score of 45-32, but the scoring system used was confusing at best. Still, there were some good things done by the Wildcats on Friday night.
Here’s a look at five things we learned on Friday night from Lexington:
1. A.J. Rose is angling for more playing time
Through three quarters, Rose has 134 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries — fantastic numbers for the redshirt sophomore running back.
Rose had a disappointing 2017 season, but at the very least, he’s proven he can be a valuable backup to starter Benny Snell Jr. and backup Sihiem King.
2. The quarterback battle is too close to call
On Friday morning, Stoops said he didn’t know when he’d name a starting quarterback, citing the desire to take his time making such a big decision.
After Friday night’s game, the QB competition is likely still open. Both Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak had decent outings, showing flashes of brilliance while also making a couple of mistakes.
It’s neck-and-neck right now, and Stoops is wise to wait as long as he can before making the starter for the 2018 season official.
3. Mike Edwards is still sharp
The leader of the Wildcats’ secondary snagged a first-half interception off a tipped pass from Wilson. After grabbing four picks in 2017, Edwards is going to have to do even more for the Kentucky defense this fall:
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) April 13, 2018
The Wildcats will have plenty of experience returning in the secondary, but if Edwards can step up and be a leader, it’ll be a great sign for Kentucky.
4. Eddie Gran saw a lot of snaps
The Wildcats may not be a super-fast offense when the season actually starts, but on Friday night, they were going at a blazing pace.
Through three quarters, the Wildcats had run a whopping 82 plays, giving the offensive coordinator a good, long look at his unit:
Offense has run 82 plays so far and we still have a fourth quarter to go.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) April 14, 2018
Again, the pace will almost certainly slow down once the season starts, but this was a lot of fun to watch.