Roman Harper gives pick for most intriguing SEC QB battle going into fall camp
Roman Harper had a simple pick for his post interesting quarterback battle this fall: the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky is expected to have a three-way battle during fall camp: Joey Gatewood, Will Levis and Beau Allen.
“I want to see Kentucky. I want to see who competes and who actually wins that job,” Harper said on SEC Network Monday evening. “Whoever wins that job, that lets me know this quarterback is legit and this guy can throw the ball down the field and actually be a threat in the passing game. If they can figure that part out, I think the defense and everything else will take care of itself.”
Gatewood is a former Auburn transfer who played in six games for the Wildcats last season, but failed to make a big impact. He completed 17-of-35 passes for 109 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception.
Levis is a newcomer to Kentucky but played for Penn State in parts of the last two seasons. He was primarily a running quarterback for the Nittany Lions, but completed 33-of-55 passes for 421 yards and a touchdown last season. He also rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 86 attempts.
Allen is the lesser-known commodity here. He was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2020 and saw a little bit of playing time as a true freshman last season. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 40 yards in a game against Vanderbilt last year. Allen also went 0-for-2 in a loss to Alabama.
One of the SEC’s more intriguing quarterback battles took an unexpected turn just before Harper made these remarks, as LSU announced Myles Brennan will miss time due to arm surgery. LSU is now expected to have Max Johnson as its starting quarterback.
Kentucky opens its 2021 campaign against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 4.