Kentucky QB Wilson out for season with knee injury

Field Level Media

September 08, 2019 at 9:32 pm.

Kentucky starting quarterback Terry Wilson suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season.

“I’m very sorry about Terry’s injury,” coach Mark Stoops said in a release.

“He has done so much for our program over the last two seasons, both in leadership and his production on the field. As a team captain, he will continue to be an important part of our team and we look forward to him returning to the field when he has recovered.”

Wilson suffered the injury late in the third quarter when he was taken down on a horse-collar tackle on a scramble. He was carted off the field, and the Wildcats went on to beat visiting Eastern Michigan 38-17.

Wilson, a junior, has started the past 15 games for Kentucky, helping the Wildcats win 12 of those games.

He completed 33 of 52 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns in a 2-0 start this season. Last season, he was 180 of 268 for 1,889 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also was the team’s second-leading rusher with 547 yards and four scores.

His replacement will be Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy. Smith replaced Wilson on Saturday and led Kentucky to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 76 yards, with scoring passes of 54 yards to Ahmad Wagner and 2 yards to Lynn Bowden Jr.

Kentucky opens SEC play this Saturday at home against No. 9 Florida.