ATHENS – The Joey Gatewood Era in Kentucky will kick off at noon Saturday as the Wildcats play against the 5th ranked Georgia.
“He has the keys,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops in a KSR report. “He is the starting midfielder.”
Gatewood weighs 6 feet 5, weighs 221 pounds replacing Terry Wilson, who is said to have wrist pain.
Gatewood is considered the national number 1 athlete and 11th-tier midfielder of Elite Class 2018. He chose Auburn over offers from Alabama, Clemson and Florida, among others from high school. Bartram Trail in Jacksonville, Fla.
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The SEC issued a total waiver allowing all players to transfer to the conference, including Tennessee queer Cade Mays and Gatewood, the second week of the season amid an unprecedented COVID-19.
Kirby Smart said Bulldogs will stick with QB Stetson Bennett alumni as a starter after UGA goodbye week. Bennett will start for the fourth time after having had all the successes with those for the week bye.
Smart said former USC defender JT Daniels and former 4-star Ohio State QB committed D’Wan Mathis to have good training weeks.
Gatewood is less experienced than Daniels or Bennett, just 2/5 passes 12 yards in 3 appearances this season with 8 appearances 34 yards.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart, whose defense was 41-24 down to Alabama, who saw them give way 564 yards – most by the Bulldogs’ defense since 2013 – said they had done homework. house on Gatewood.
“IIt’s hard to know what part of the job you have at Gatewood, you have to go back to his history in high school and at Auburn, ”Smart told SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday.
“He’s obviously a bit older, has a more physical appearance – perhaps more like an inner runner than Terry, who can run inside but has a little more speed in the circumference. That is the runner compared to the runner. “
Wildcats (2-3) are looking to spark an attack that ran only 145 yards with only 50 yards in the air in five of the 14 attempts in a 20-10 defeat in Missouri.
“He’s definitely a big, strong guy, (and) he has a huge arm, ”Stoops said in Thursday night’s KSR report. “He can do all the throws. He stood firm in his pocket. You never know in that position until you put in the situation how their vision is and how they will go through their development, how they step up in the bag and deliver the ball. down the field.
“From what I’ve seen from him so far, I believe he will do it.
“Obviously he can run the ball. He’s a different style from Terry. Terry may be a little faster, a little faster, but Joey is one of those big, powerful athletes. He earns some good pitch for you that way. Looking forward to seeing what he can do ”.
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