After participating in the SEC Network’s coverage for the spring games at Kentucky and Florida over the weekend, few are as qualified to discuss the current quarterback situations at both schools better than Cole Cubelic.
The SEC Network analyst was a recent guest on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio program The Roundtable and offered up his thoughts on which quarterback is most likely to start for the Wildcats next season.
Will it be Gunnar Hoak of incoming junior college transfer Terry Wilson?
“Gunnar Hoak, because that’s the way I think (Kentucky offensive coordinator) Eddie (Gran) wants to manage his offense,” Cubelic said during his appearance.
“People will call it a dink and dunk offense but really, it’s a take what the defense gives you offense. I think that intermediate accuracy is something that made Stephen Johnson so deadly for them the last few years. He wasn’t a guy that could really push the ball down the field, he didn’t have that big arm but with C.J. Conrad at tight end, he’s going to be your No. 1 target. You aren’t hitting him 40 or 50 yards downfield anyway.”
Cubelic would then go on to note that Hoak’s knowledge of the offensive gameplan in Lexington also plays to his advantage.
“Hoak has a better understanding of the offense, he’s been in the system,” Cubelic continued. “I can see a situation where both play… they’ll both play in that first game (vs. Central Michigan at home) because those coaches emphasized to us, both Coach Stoops and Coach Gran, we don’t really know until we get them into a game. So I expect to see both play in the opener but I think Gunnar Hoak fits what Eddie Gran wants to do.”
As for the ongoing quarterback competition in Gainesville, the SEC Network analyst was not as eager to name a starter but shared his thoughts on why early enrollee Emory Jones won’t be playing this season after speaking with coaches at Florida and taking Dan Mullen’s history of developing his QBs into consideration.
Here’s what Cubelic had to say on how many quarterbacks the Gators will play in 2018.
“Florida isn’t going three because they aren’t playing Emory Jones,” Cubelic offered up. “Things would have to totally melt down. Dan (Mullen) wants to take his time with him, which I think is great — I think it’s great for Emory. Right now, right this second, he’s more athlete than quarterback and that’s okay.
“We’ve seen Dan take that were athletes and mold them into quarterbacks. So I think it’s great for both sides, the team/program and for Emory himself to sort of stay pat on that, let him grow this year and let him be the guy down the road.”