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UK Football: Gunnar Hoak replaces Terry Wilson at QB

After Terry Wilson exited the game in the first half of Kentucky’s season opener, Gunnar Hoak made his case as “the guy” under center.

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After the Gunnar Hoak-led offense punted on their first drive of the second half, Terry Wilson came in the next drive and helped lead a touchdown capped off by a Benny Snell scoring run.

It looks like the quarterback competition is far from over.

It was an unideal beginning for Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson, who was making his first career start for the Wildcats in Saturday’s season opener hosting the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Wilson put together a first half of 6-11 passing for 38 yards with seven carries for 20 yards but also tacked on two forced interceptions and a fumble. Aside from AJ Rose and Benny Snell bursting through gaps for two long touchdown runs, UK’s offense was dryer than the Sahara desert.

However, when Wilson went down and to the locker room due to injury, his practice competitor, Gunnar Hoak, entered the game.

Trailing 20-14, Hoak took the offense down the field in just 55 seconds to take a 21-20 lead before half-time.

Hoak connected with slot receiver David Bouvier multiple times, including the touchdown on a 24-yard dart over the middle.

The situation is similar to the one of Drew Barker and Stephen Johnson a few years ago, when Barker went down due to injury and Johnson entered the game, never looking back.

With Wilson returning to the sideline after halftime, head coach Mark Stoops had an interesting decision to make. For now, Hoak remains under center for the Cats.

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