"Touchdown" Terry Wilson ready to take QB reins at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Incoming Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson said he doesn’t care whether Wildcat fans call him Touchdown Terry or Terry Touchdown. Wilson said his job is to win the game.

“It started in high school,” the junior college transfer said on Tuesday, during his first media availability. “They gave me that nickname and it really started clicking.”

“As long as I’m doing my job, I like it,” Wilson added.

Wilson signed with UK out of Garden City Community College. He committed to Nebraska, but decided to play at Oregon, where he redshirted in 2016.

Wilson, who says his play reminds some of former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffith III, called Lexington “Heaven,” and is “super happy” to be at UK.

“I love this place. I soon as I touched down here I just fell in love with it,” Wilson said.

With Stephen Johnson graduating and Drew Barker deciding to give up football, Wilson sees an immediate chance to play, if not earn the starting job.

“Seeing that opportunity that I have to come in here and do big things is important to me,” Wilson said. “My leadership is going to help a lot.”

As the top JUCO recruit in the country, Wilson said he’s already heard from UK fans. He knows there already are expectations.

“You have to be mentally prepared, mentally strong for things like this,” Wilson said .” I feel like just keeping my head strong, keeping my vision tight, tunnel vision, just keeping that focus on what I need to do, what the goal is, for me and this team, for the guys out there so we can get the job done.”

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