Kentucky coaches guarded when it comes to team's QB situation ahead of Arkansas game
Who will be Kentucky’s starting quarterback against Arkansas on Saturday? The Wildcats’ coaching staff isn’t ready to reveal that information.
Both head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran were guarded when speaking with the media this week, making it clear they don’t want to announce a starting quarterback yet for the matchup against the Razorbacks.
First, Gran opened his post-practice meeting with the media on Tuesday by giving a vague statement on the quarterbacks.
“Just to get us started, in regards to the quarterback situation, everybody practiced today, everybody threw, and Coach Stoops addressed it, next,” Gran told reporters. “It was a good practice, a lot of energy, you could really tell after the bye week.”
After practice yesterday @CoachGran gave an update on the QBs, "Everyone practiced today, everyone threw."
He also said there was a lot of "juice" at practice.
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On Wednesday, Stoops made similar comments on the weekly SEC coaches teleconference when asked about the quarterback situation.
“Yeah, I’m not getting into that — I’m leaving that alone for the rest of the week,” Stoops said. “All quarterbacks were out there Monday and Tuesday and will be out there today. I’m not getting into much more detail than that.”
Kentucky’s quarterback situation took a bad turn when starter Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending left knee injury in the Wildcats’ second game of the season against Eastern Michigan.
In Kentucky’s past three games, junior Sawyer Smith has started at quarterback. However, he’s battled wrist and shoulder injuries, plus he has struggled, completing only 46.2 percent of his pass attempts while throwing for 665 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.
If Smith wouldn’t play this week against Arkansas, the Wildcats also have sophomore Walker Wood and freshman Amani Gilmore on their roster. They could also continue to use junior wide receiver Lynn Bowden in the wildcat formation, but perhaps do that more frequently than they have been.
Kentucky and Arkansas are set to kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.