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Mark Stoops praises Wan’Dale Robinson; comments on QB battle

Wan’Dale Robinson is poised for a monster year at Kentucky, but who will be throwing him the ball?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 18 Nebraska at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wan’Dale Robinson was arguably the biggest get of the off-season for the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Frankfort (KY) native put up solid numbers in his two seasons at Nebraska, but he opted to transfer home this offseason. The shifty wide-out has big expectations, and Mark Stoops thinks he can be a difference-maker for this team.

“He’s a difference-maker,” Stoops said of Robinson. “He’s a guy that was electric this spring, and you could feel his presence on the field. Very excited to have him on our team.”

Defensive end Josh Paschal believes that Robinson can be great as well.

“He’s going to be the truth. I believe that,” Paschal said. “He’s a humble guy. My locker is right next to him, so I talk to him a lot. Today, he had a hell of a play. He jumped up between two defenders and caught a post, and I was like ‘Wow, he’s going to be a special player for sure.’”

The question remains, however; Who will be throwing the ball to Robinson?

During Kentucky’s SEC Media Days appearance, Stoops spoke on the battle between Will Levis and Joey Gatewood.

“Joey has been a terrific teammate. He’s come in and worked hard, gotten better each and every day,” Stoops said. “He had a really good spring. Of course, Will (Levis) was not there in the spring, so he and Beau Allen were battling for the starting position. And Joey really had a good spring.

“Now you add Will to the mix, and we have a lot to look at. It’s nice to have options. I feel very good about those three and others in our program.

“So we’ll see where it goes, but he did have a really good spring. Again, one of the things that I was most impressed with him was he’s a big, strong guy, but he was very accurate down the field. He got the ball down the field and was accurate down the field, something we needed to improve on.”

There’s been talk of Levis becoming the starter for the opening game on September 4, but obviously, we will not know anything until, more than likely, game week.

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