An absolutely disgusting horse-collar tackle led to Kentucky sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson having to be carted off the field Saturday night vs. Eastern Michigan. Although his Wildcats won the game, Wilson will likely be out for the foreseeable future.
After the game, head coach Mark Stoops gave a brief update on Wilson, confirming it was a left knee injury and saying “it doesn’t look good.” Stoops added that Wilson will have an MRI on Sunday, so we should know fairly soon how serious the injury is.
During the postgame handshakes, it appeared Stoops said “my guy is out for the year,” likely in regards to Wilson.
"I had to get him a few snaps, my guy is out for the year."— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) September 8, 2019
Our cameras caught Coach Stoops saying this after the game. Looks like it may be Sawyer Smith's team. pic.twitter.com/D3e6ZMHyax
With Wilson out, Kentucky finished the 38-17 win with Sawyer Smith at quarterback. He threw two scores and looked well, enough that Stoops said “I think the guys have a lot of confidence in Sawyer” after the win.
Stoops added that, if Wilson is out, redshirt sophomore Walker Wood would be the backup behind Smith.
This was Kentucky’s second win of the season after they defeated Toledo last week, in part, because of Wilson’s excellence. Wilson threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s Week 1 victory.
Prior to this tackle, Wilson was just 14-for-26 for 114 yards. A dynamic, dual-threat quarterback, Wilson had also carried for 43 yards. That said, here’s a clip of the tackle that forced Wilson to be carted off the field.
Kentucky QB Terry Wilson carted off with an apparent knee injury on a dirty horse-collar takedown pic.twitter.com/j2G2sLrLRh— Sports Related (@SportsRelated) September 8, 2019
Wilson hadn’t been great in this game, but he was consistently moving the ball and putting UK in scoring position, though they foundered several opportunities with penalties and a fumble. It’ll be huge if Wilson out in Week 3 against a Florida Gators team that currently sits at No. 11 in the national rankings, though that looks like a certainty at this point.
Wilson had already shown improvement this season prior to this play. The Wildcats’ season won’t be over without Wilson leading the charge, but it’ll make things far more complicated for a team that’s still a work in a progress.