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Mark Stoops gives update on Joey Gatewood and UK’s kicking situation

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UK is expecting a decision on Gatewood very soon.

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It appears the Kentucky Wildcats have settled on their kicker for the 2020 season.

During his Monday call-in show, head coach Mark Stoops said senior walk-on Matt Ruffolo will be Kentucky’s primary placekicker, and sophomore Chance Poore will handle kickoffs.

In addition, Stoops said he expects Kentucky will get a final decision on Joey Gatewood’s transfer waiver this week.

Poore opened last season as Kentucky’s kicker, but he hit just five of eight attempts and had several costly misses, which led to Ruffolo taking over. Ruffolo hit four of five attempts, including a 50-yarder against Arkansas, and a 40-yarder in the Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech.

As for Gatewood, there was a report earlier today that Gatewood should get a waiver but not play in Week 1 vs. the Auburn Tigers. If eligible, he’s expected to be Terry Wilson’s backup and could even get occasional snaps as a change-of-pace runner.

Kentucky opens at Auburn in 12 days.