The New Mexico Lobos have just added to their quarterback competition. On Tuesday UNM announced that Terry Wilson Jr. was transferring to the program from Kentucky, where Wilson spent three seasons as a quarterback for the Wildcats.
Wilson was 17-8 as the Wildcats starter. He led Kentucky to a 10-3 record in 2018, which was capped with a Citrus Bowl win over Penn State. In 2019, Wilson saw his season cut short when he suffered a knee injury in the second game of the season against Eastern Michigan. Wilson then returned in 2020, leading Kentucky to a 5-5 record and a win over NC State in the Gator Bowl.
New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales said last week that the Lobos were “actively hunting for a graduate transfer,” to add to their roster, even with many other quarterbacks on the roster. With the addition of Wilson, the quarterback competition is going to be heated.
Trae Hall and Isaiah Chavez have been practicing with the first team during spring practice. UNM also has Connor Genal on the roster, along with Tevaka Tuioti and Brandt Hughes, but Tuioti and Hughes have yet to be cleared for practice following injuries last season. UNM also has two incoming freshman at quarterback, with Bear Milacek and CJ Montes.
Wilson put up some impressive stats against some of the tougher defenses in College Football. He completed 65% of his passes for 3,436 with 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. Wilson also had 1,015 yards 10 touchdowns rushing while at Kentucky.
I really like this addition. Wilson adds some stability to the quarterback position at UNM that has seen its issues with injury. Last season UNM went all the way down to their fifth string quarterback, who was Chavez, by the end of the seven-game season.
Wilson’s numbers at Kentucky weren’t Mac Jones level, but they are still really good given the competition he faced. At UNM he will face some tough defenses, but nothing like he saw in the SEC, meaning he should be able to put up some better numbers. He has been known to take the offense on his back and carry them to wins, and it’ll be that kind of leadership that will payoff in Albquerque.