Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops tweeted the news Wednesday, saying, “We’re excited that Joey Gatewood has received waivers from the NCCAA and the SEC and will be eligible to play this season. We’re thankful that the SEC Presidents and Commissioner Greg Sankey took into account the unique circumstances around this season.”
We’re excited that @joey1gatewood has received waivers from the @NCAA and @SEC and will be eligible to play this season. We’re thankful that the SEC Presidents and Commissioner @GregSankey took into account the unique circumstances around this season.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) September 30, 2020
Gatewood was a top 50 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class when he committed to Auburn.
He made his college debut in the 2018 Music City Bowl and ran for 28 yards in the Tigers blowout victory of Purdue. In 2019 he ran for 176 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns, and completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns before opting to transfer to UK as he lost the starting quarterback job to true freshman Bo Nix.
With the NCAA set to provide a blanket waiver for all players regardless of whether they play or not this season, Gatewood will be eligible through the 2022 season for the Wildcats and is likely to take over as the starting quarterback after Terry Wilson departs following the 2020 season.
While Wilson figures to remain UK’s starting quarterback this season, Gatewood will likely find a role in the offense as a runner or thrower.
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