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Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead says Wildcats, Bulldogs not desperate, but both need a win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead thinks Kentucky isn’t the same team without Terry Wilson but he was impressed with backup quarterback Sawyer Smith’s performance against Florida last week. “He is a little bit different from the Terry Wilson kid,” Moorhead said earlier this week. I think (Smith) is a little more passer than a runner but is a guy who can beat...

Jamie Vaught: Cats should still fare well, despite loss of Wilson; Bob Stoops opens up about storied career

While it was heartbreaking to see quarterback Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury during Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan last weekend, I still think the Wildcats will be okay this season with backup QB Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy who started the last seven games of the 2018 campaign, helping his team to a Dollar General Bowl victory, and earning bowl’s MVP honors. Before...

Stoops confident backup quarterback Sawyer Smith can pick up where injured Terry Wilson left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned about his football team after starting quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending knee injury in a 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan last weekend. Stoops is confident in backup Sawyer Smith’s ability to lead the Wildcats and the former Troy signal-caller will get his first start with the Wildcats against ninth-ranked Florida...

Kentucky QB Terry Wilson out for season with knee injury; Sawyer Smith to start against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky starting quarterback Terry Wilson will miss the rest of the season after tearing his patellar tendon in his left knee the school announced Sunday. Terry Wilson dances down the sideline against Eastern Michigan. Wilson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and will miss the rest of the season. (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today) Wilson...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson taking major leap forward two games into his junior campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson’s leadership showed in Kentucky’s opener last week, a sign the veteran quarterback has taken a leap forward in his overall game. The junior quarterback threw for 246 yards, including a 40-yard strike to Ahamd Wagner and two touchdowns against Toledo, but more importantly showed poise and composure, especially in times of adversity. “I’m encouraged...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, a seasoned veteran, is the centerpiece of Wildcats’ offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Who is the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference? If you ask Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, Terry Wilson is atop the list of signal-callers in the league. “He’s looking like the best quarterback, hands down,” Bowden said. That’s mainly because Wilson has found a comfort zone and knows what to expect going into his senior campaign with the Wildcats. He’s...

UK picked to finish sixth in SEC East by league media; four Wildcats voted on All-SEC preseason list

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was picked to finish sixth in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference Friday by the league’s media on Friday. The Wildcats were selected to finish ahead of Vanderbilt despite a breakthrough season a year ago. Kentucky finished 10-3 last season and defeated Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. Georgia was tabbed first in media voting, followed by Florida,...

No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Stoops sees no sign of a letdown going into Murray State encounter

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden races toward the end zone during Kentucky’s win over Florida last week. Kentucky hosts Murray State Saturday at noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops doesn’t see any signs of a letdown from his team going into Saturday’s non-conference encounter against Murray State. Coming off a highly-emotional 27-16 victory...

Stoops says Cats need to play with sense of urgency in season opener against Central Michigan

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will open the season against Central Michigan Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Central Michigan isn’t your average opening-game opponent and Mark Stoops wants to make sure his team is aware of the task at hand in Saturday’s opener against the Chippewas at Kroger...

UK’s Wilson keeping a chip on his shoulder despite winning QB battle

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, left, beat out Gunnar Hoak, right, for the starting job during fall workouts and plans to keep playing with a chip on his shoulder. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Since he was named Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Terry Wilson hasn’t become complacent and intends to remain humble this week. “I’ve got to still keep being up to...

Stoops names Wilson UK’s starting quarterback ahead of season opener against Central Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been loyal to his starting quarterbacks during his tenure at Kentucky. That won’t change going into his sixth season at the helm after junior college transfer Terry Wilson beat out Gunnar Hoak for the starting job and will be the starter in the Wildcats’ season-opener against Central Michigan Saturday. “Both guys earned the...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Cats sign 20 during early signing period, including heralded JUCO QB Terry Wilson

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its quarterback of the future and signed 20 total prospects in the first day of the early signing period Wednesday. The Wildcats signed eight players from Florida, four from Ohio, two each from Michigan and Georgia, one each from Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee and a kicker from Australia. “We addressed some needs,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator...