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Terry Wilson returning for 2021 and entering transfer portal

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Wilson will play one more season of college football, but it won’t be in Lexington.

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Terry Wilson is returning for another season of college football, though not with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Wilson made a surprising announcement Monday that he’ll enter the transfer portal and return for the 2021 season.

Wilson, a fifth-year senior in 2020, will use the NCAA eligibility relief ruling to get an extra season to play out next fall. He had previously said 2020 would be his final season, but he apparently feels there’s still more to accomplish at the collegiate level.

Since arriving in 2018 as a highly-touted junior college recruit, Wilson has completed 336/517 passes (65%) for 3440 yards 6.7 (avg.) with 20 touchdowns vs. 12 interceptions in 25 games, good for a 129.0 passer rating. He also ran 256 times for 1015 yards (4.0 avg.) and 10 scores.

Among the biggest wins Wilson had as a starter include at Florida in 2018, the Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State, at Tennessee this past season, Saturday’s Gator Bowl vs. NC State, and the 56-10 annihilation of Louisville in 2018. He finished his career 17-8 as a starter and was only the second UK QB to ever win at Florida and at Tennessee.

Kentucky was never expecting Wilson to come back and planned on having Joey Gatewood and Beau Allen battle for the starting spot next season, so this news really doesn’t affect them at all.

Though his play was erratic, Wilson accomplished a lot during his three years in Lexington while helping the program reach heights not seen in decades.

Thanks for the memories!

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