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Terry Wilson Enters the Transfer Portal

January 4, 2021
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Terry Wilson’s time at Kentucky has come to an end, he announced Monday night in an Instagram post. He thanked the coaching staff and his teammates in the statement. Wilson will be taking advantage of the blanket waiver for this year, as his eligibility clock would have run out at five years otherwise. 

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Wilson has had a roller coaster of a college career, starting off at Oregon in 2016 where he redshirted. He then transferred to Garden City Community College for 2017 after it became clear that no one was beating out Justin Herbert in Eugene. Wilson had a prolific season at Garden City, earning him Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. He then had the choice of Florida, Nebraska, or Kentucky, when he chose to become a Wildcat.

Wilson took over as starter for the 2018 season, leading the WIldcats to their first 10-win season since 1977, and along the way completing 67.2% of his passes including 11 touchdowns and eight itnerceptions. He started the year off with a bang, going down to The Swamp and leading the Cats to their first victory over Florida since 1986. Wilson’s dual-threat capabilities made him a weapon, and he became the first WIldcat with 1,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in the same season. He capped off the regular season with an outstanding performance in the Governor’s Cup, his 340 total offensive yards and four touchdowns, three passing and one rushing, earning him MVP honors in the game. He twice earned the Manning Award Player of the Week, both in September. There were high hopes entering 2019 before Wilson tore his patellar tendon when he was horsecollar tackled on a run against Eastern Michigan in the second game of the season. He missed the rest of the year, but rehabbed well and was back to start in the 2020 season.

Wilson’s season didn’t go quite to plan this year, with the offense faltering across the board. The passing game never really came together, but Wilson still accounted for seven passing touchdowns and just four interceptions. He added another five rushing touchdowns, with his season totals reaching 1,200 yards passing and 420 yards rushing. Despite the numbers not adding up as hoped, Wilson helped lead Kentucky to yet another New Years Bowl appearance and win, this time in the Gator Bowl. He also became only the second UK quarterback ever to win at both Florida and Tennessee. Wilson finished his Kentucky career helping the team to a 23-21victory over NC State in the Gator Bowl. 

The Oklahoma native will look for another opportunity moving forward for his last year of college football while Kentucky heads in a new direction on offense under the leadership of new offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Kentucky’s future at quarterback looks bright with Beau Allen, Joey Gatewood, and Nik Scalzo waiting in the wings.

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