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Terry Wilson, the Kentucky quarterback coming off a season-ending injury, has a lot to prove.
That’s especially true as a passer, but at the same time, he gives the Wildcats enough of a running threat to keep a defense honest. With Kentucky returning 15 starters, Wilson’s comeback could help the Wildcats make a serious run at the top of the SEC East.
Many overlook Kentucky but with the likes of AJ Rose, Chris Rodriquez, Kavosiey Smoke in the backfield, Kentucky has an opportunity to be really good, especially on offense. With the return of Wilson, it gives Kentucky the offensive balance it has used to succeed the last couple of years. Last year, the Wildcats managed to make good on the experiment with Lynn Bowden Jr. at quarterback after Wilson went down in a Week 2 victory over Eastern Michigan.
For Mark Stoops’ team, all hopes lie on Wilson being healthy and ready to go. Kentucky has the pieces, but can it work?
There is reason to believe it can, especially with Wilson’s running ability and the depth that already exists in the backfield. This is Wilson’s time to shine.
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Coming off an injury is sometimes a red flag, but with the work he’s put in during time his off, expect a fresh Wilson to provide spark to an already loaded Kentucky offense. Can this 2020 campaign be like 2018? That year, Kentucky won 10 games and defeated Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.
During the 2018 campaign, Wilson threw for 1,889 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also added 547 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The Wildcats have a deep backfield, but also a number of options out wide. Kentucky returns Josh Ali, Isaiah Epps, Allen Dailey Jr., Bryce Oliver, Clevan Thomas Jr. They make for a formidable corps of wide receivers.
2020 could be an awesome redemption story for Terry Wilson. Only time will tell whether the 2018 success can be repeated, but the talent is there.
If Wilson stays healthy, this could be as balanced and as dynamic of an offense that Stoops has had. Wilson, as an starter, is 12-3. At a place like Kentucky, that’s unprecedented success.