Terry Wilson out for the season with a torn patellar tendon

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2019 season because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that will require surgery, Coach Mark Stoops announced Sunday.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson (3) is attended to by teammates after being injured on a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Kentucky and Eastern Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)


“I’m very sorry about Terry’s injury,” Stoops said. “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 was injured late in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan. In two games this season, Wilson completed 33 of 52 passes (63.5 percent) for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 44 net rushing yards and a TD. In the 2018 season, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,889 yards and 11 touchdowns, also running for 547 net yards and four TDs.

The junior from Oklahoma City, Okla., has started all 15 games since his arrival last season. He has led Kentucky to a 12-3 record, including UK’s first winning Southeastern Conference mark since 1977 and a VRBO Citrus Bowl championship. He is one of the most historically significant quarterbacks in Kentucky annals. Starting lineups are available since 1993, however, it is likely that Wilson’s 12-3 record in his first 15 starts is matched only by College Football Hall of Famer Vito “Babe” Parilli. As Kentucky’s quarterback in 1949-51, Parilli likely led his Wildcats to a 12-3 record in his first 15 starts – a 9-3 record in 1949 and a 3-0 mark to begin the 1950 season.