Mark Stoops asked about timeline for naming starting QB: 'It's more important to get it right than to be in a hurry'
Kentucky fans cannot wait to see the team’s new offense in action.
Expectations are high among the Big Blue Nation faithful after Mark Stoops hired Liam Coen away from the Los Angeles Rams and the team managed to land former Nebraska receiver Wan’Dale Robinson in the transfer portal.
Combine those two with arguably the best running game and offensive line combo in the SEC and the pieces are in place for an immediate offensive turnaround in Lexington.
That being said, the ultimate success or failure of the unit will likely rely on the player pick to lead the offense.
Joey Gatewood and Beau Allen return for another season in Lexington while Kentucky managed to land former Penn State signal-caller Will Levis in the transfer portal.
With all eyes in Lexington on the quarterback competition, Stoops was asked to share his thoughts on when a starting quarterback could be named.
“Through the years, you’ve heard me answer this and I’m going to answer it the same way, it’s more important to get it right than to be in a hurry,” Stoops said on Friday. “Is there a benefit (to naming a starter)? Yes, I believe there is. There’s a benefit to getting reps, that’s part of the negative to having a lot of talented players – at any position.
“But it seems like it’s obviously much easier to rotate guys in through out practice and preseason at other spots than quarterback. So, we do feel like there is quality depth – maybe for the first time. You go all the way down and have four or five guys that you feel confident that could play football at this level. Getting them reps is a concern and we will work that as best we can.”