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Joey Gatewood entering transfer portal

No surprise after Will Levis was named Kentucky’s starting QB.

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Kentucky Wildcats QB Joey Gatewood has entered the transfer portal, head coach Mark Stoops announced Sunday. This came after Stoops confirmed that Will Levis was named Kentucky’s starting QB for Week 1 vs. Louisiana Monroe.

This means Beau Allen is all but certain to be Levis’ backup this season.

Originally an Auburn signee in the Class of 2018, Gatewood was a 4-star dual-threat QB ranked 36th overall by ESPN, 49th at 247 Sports, and 62nd by Rivals.

At Auburn, Gatewood redshirted in 2018 and saw very little action in 2019 after losing the starting QB battle to Box Nix, then eventually entered the portal before signing with Kentucky that December.

The following season, Gatewood pushed Terry Wilson for the starting QB job but only made one start vs. Georgia, where he completed 15/25 passes for 91 yards and no interceptions. He also had 23 rushing yards and a fumble in the 14-3 defeat.

For the 2020 season, Gatewood finished with 25 rushes for 62 yards and completed 17/35 passes for 109 yards with one interception.

As usual, entering the transfer portal doesn’t guarantee as a player is leaving his school. There have been many cases of a player testing the portal waters, then opting to return to his original school.

Saying this, don’t expect Gatewood back in Lexington, so hopefully he’s able to find a good situation for himself elsewhere.

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