Jan 2, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson (3) warms up before a game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Kentucky QB Terry Wilson transfers to New Mexico

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) jogs off the field after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky dual-threat quarterback Terry Wilson has transferred to New Mexico, the Lobos announced Tuesday.

Wilson, who went 17-8 as a starter for the Wildcats from 2018-20, has one season remaining and is eligible to play for the Lobos in 2021.

“Terry Wilson will bring immediate experience to our quarterback room,” New Mexico coach Danny Gonzales said in a news release. “He is a three-year starter in the SEC and won 68 percent of his games there. He is a true dual-threat quarterback who should fit very well into what we are trying to do offensively. He was a two-time captain at Kentucky and he earned his degree as well, so he will bring a level of maturity and leadership to our team.”

Wilson announced he was entering the NCAA transfer portal in January.

Wilson passed for 3,436 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,015 yards and 10 scores with the Wildcats.

He appeared in 10 games in 2020, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,187 yards with seven TDs and four interceptions. He rushed 104 times for 424 yards and five scores.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson (3) carries the ball against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky QB Terry Wilson to transfer

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, who has thrown for 3,440 yards and rushed for 1,015 yards in 25 games over three seasons, intends to play his final season after all, but at a different school.

Wilson took to social media Monday night to say that he will enter the NCAA’s transfer portal but added, “Thank you, Kentucky. It’s been a good ride.”

The announcement was a bit of a surprise because Wilson had said previously that he would not use his final year of eligibility.

A blanket waiver for players who elect to transfer eliminates the typical one-year waiting period to play for a new team.

In 10 games this season, Wilson completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,191 yards and seven touchdowns. He was intercepted four times. He also rushed 104 times for 424 yards and five scores.

Wilson ends his run at Kentucky with a record of 17-8 as a starter.

In 2018, his first year for the Wildcats, Wilson completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,889 yards and 11 interceptions, although he was picked off eight times. He piled up 547 yards and four scores on the ground.

With Wilson’s departure, the Wildcats will turn to sophomore Joey Gatewood and freshman Beau Allen to compete for the starting quarterback job next season.

–Field Level Media