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Gunnar Hoak could still return to Kentucky, according to Mark Stoops

Hoak is still keeping his options open.

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To no surprise, Kentucky’s second-string quarterback Gunnar Hoak announced this morning via Twitter he would be putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

The quarterback will be graduating from Kentucky next week, giving him the ability to play right away whenever he chooses to transfer.

But according to head coach Mark Stoops, who commented on Hoak’s decision, it’s no slam dunk the quarterback departs.

“Gunnar and I had a great talk yesterday. He’s a great kid and as I told him, he really had a good spring,” said Stoops of his backup signal-caller. “I told you all that after one of the scrimmages that he really played well, as good as I’ve seen him play.

“I think you understand that because he’s a competitor and he wants to play. It’s not a done deal that he’s going to go somewhere else. I think he’s going to look at it and just check his options and I told him we would have another discussion about it at a later time, and we’ll see where that goes.

“I just want to be supportive of him and his decision, but it does put us in a situation where we’re a little thin.”

With Hoak stuck behind Terry Wilson and having struggled in the opportunities he was given, it seems unlikely he will return to Kentucky.

Regardless, Mark Stoops is leaving the door open, as the Cats are set to have major questions at the backup quarterback spot for the next two seasons.

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