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    VAUGHT: Wilson not under a short leash with Stoops

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Question Mark Stoops about a lot of things but don't question whether he'll give his starting quarterback plenty of chances to atone for mistakes.

    Starter Terry Wilson had three first-half turnovers against Central Michigan and also bruised his left shoulder. However, even after Gunnar Hoak led UK on a scoring drive to end the first half and played the first two series of the third quarter, Stoops went back to Wilson and probably will start him at Florida Saturday night.

    "If you watched me, covered me, for the years that Iíve been here I really donít believe in having a short leash for a quarterback, again within reason. Iím not going to sit here and tell you how everything is going to play out because I donít know," Stoops said Monday.

    He said both quarterbacks did some good things against Central Michigan and both made first-game mistakes.

    "I appreciate Gunnar stepping in a difficult situation, making some plays and putting it in the end zone. That was really important for us, at that point, to go in leading (at halftime) after giving up four turnovers in the first half. That doesnít happen very often," Stoops said. "That was a big touchdown for him and really sparked us. It was also good to get Terry back in the second half and play well.Ē

    He expects the quarterbacks -- as well as the entire team -- to make major improvement in its play in game two even though UK has lost 31 straight times to Florida.

    "I think there are some things that are easy fixes. But there are some things that are going to be a work in progress. We have to get on that quickly," Stoops said.

    "The last time we broke in a new quarterback two years ago, our turnovers were up. Last year Stephen (Johnson) did a great job, and our team did a great job and our turnovers were really down outside of the one game where it got contagious and that canít happen again. I know we will concentrate on protecting the football.Ē

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    Re: VAUGHT: Wilson not under a short leash with Stoops

    Sure doesnít sound like a coach that ever wants to play two QBís.

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    Re: VAUGHT: Wilson not under a short leash with Stoops

    The difference in the first half between the 2 QB's. One looked more confident. More notable, though, the defender caught one of the poorly timed passes that put points on the board one way, and did not that put points on the board our way.

    It would've been interesting to see what Wilson might've done if we didn't take the foot off the pedal early in the 4th.

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    Re: VAUGHT: Wilson not under a short leash with Stoops

    Quote Originally Posted by catmanjack View Post
    Sure doesn’t sound like a coach that ever wants to play two QB’s.
    I saw something else he said before this that brought me to the same conclusion. He'll play two--if he has to play two.

    He may not be wrong there. There's a strong body of evidence that a one QB system is usually superior to two. Not always. But usually.

    It will be interesting to see what happens in Tuscaloosa, but in that case, I believe one is significantly superior to the other.

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