Mark Stoops discusses plan for Joey Gatewood after SEC rules QB eligible
The eligibility of Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood was in question as his current team took the field against Auburn, his former team. That changed on Wednesday as the SEC ruled that most players who transferred inside the conference were immediately eligible, temporarily suspending the conference’s rule that forced them to sit out a season.
Gatewood has been able to practice with the team despite his eligibility for this year being in limbo, and the time he saw on the field with the Tigers last year may give him a jump on Beau Allen on the depth chart behind starter Terry Wilson.
“Beau has gotten the majority of the backup reps the past two weeks,” Stoops said, according to 247Sports.com. “Joey has still practiced and obviously has been running plays all camp and can step in, but we’ll see.”
As far as Wilson, Stoops affirmed his faith in the senior, despite two untimely turnovers during last Saturday’s loss to the Tigers.
“I’m excited about Terry,” he said. “I know he’ll continue to improve. He always has with reps through the season. He did some really good things in the opener and we expect him to build on that just like the rest of our team.”
The Wildcats host Ole Miss Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.