SEC football is back!
Keeping that in mind — it’s tough to find anything in the sports world to complain about knowing that kick-off is now just mere hours away.
However, the lingering uncertainty surrounding the status of Joey Gatewood’s eligibility application is rapidly moving from an annoyance to a potential distraction for Mark Stoops.
On Thursday, Stoops told the media that he wasn’t optimistic he’d get a clear answer on the Auburn transfers’ status in the next 24 hours before UK boards their flight to Auburn.
It has to be infinitely frustrating to watch the NCAA quickly decision other similar cases and now the season is officially starting with no more insight on Gatewood than several months ago.
Recently, Travis Graf of Rivals reported that a “gentleman’s agreement” may be in place between Kentucky and Auburn. The premise being that Stoops would agree not to play Gatewood against the Tigers due to their cooperation in the transfer process.
Obviously Kentucky has their quarterback — it’s Terry Wilson. Even though he’s coming off of a brutal injury, Wilson still has the experience and he’s proven to be a winner. It will be a treat to watch him under center on Saturday.
But the Big Blue Nation saw first-hand a season ago just how necessary a back-up plan can prove to be at critical positions.
Not only would Gatewood provide depth his size makes him a threat do things that other quarterbacks just can’t. At 6-4 221 pounds he is a load in the pocket and possesses considerable athleticism to go along with it.
In 2019, Gatewood rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns while throwing for 54 yards and two scores in his eight games at Auburn. Coming out of high school 247 Sports ranked him as a top 50 player in America.
Joey Gatewood is a stud and will one day he will get the opportunity to show what he can do. It’s a shame he won’t get to at least suit up and travel to his former school. He’s put in a ton of work and at least deserves an answer.