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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Starting Quarterback Edition

Terry “Touchdown” Wilson gets the nod to start at quarterback on Saturday. Will we see Gunnar Hoak at all?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today’s big news is the announcement of a starting QB for this weekend, Terry “Touchdown” Wilson. The battle for QB this season, like many seasons before, seems to have been nip and tuck with both Gunnar Hoak and Wilson performing well. I personally like the choice because of the extra dimension Wilson brings to the table. I have no idea if we’ll see Hoak on Saturday, but when asked about it, Mark Stoops said:

Take from that what you will.

I’m headed to Sin City (that Las Vegas, for all you people from Shelbyville) today and will be flying back Saturday afternoon. I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch the game or not, but I’m going to try.

On the bright side, it’s the finals of American Ninja Warrior (shout out to ANW Nation, who covers that sport for SB Nation) and that’s happening in Vegas. Maybe I’ll get a chance to see the set. Petra and I love to watch ANW, and last night’s beginning of Stage 1 was as fraught as any I’ve ever seen, including a rare broken bone.

Anyway, moving back to the Wildcats, I expect and hope for a big game from Benny Snell, and I hope the loss of Landon Young doesn’t show up too much (as in a bunch of hard hits on the quarterback or poor blocking on the left side of the line). That’s going to be something to watch closely.

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Man, that’s good to see. Sucks about Landon Young, though.

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