LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky added another quarterback to its roster for next season and beyond.
Auburn’s Joey Gatewood, a redshirt freshman, announced via social media that he will be transferring to Kentucky. Gatewood, a redshirt freshman and 5-star signal caller with the Tigers, entered the NCAA transfer portal in October and made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats on Thursday.
Gatewood , 6-foot-5, 233, played in eight games for Auburn and threw for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Out of the Wildcat formation, he rushed for 176 yards and had three touchdowns. He battled Bo Nix for the starting job last August and impressed Tigers coach Gus Malzahn.
“Both of them are very athletic,” he said. “They can create things when things break down. They have big-time arms.”
Malzahn said Gatewood “took the next step” during last year’s spring game.
“Joey's a big guy,” the Auburn coach said. “He's a big guy. He can run. He's got a big arm. And I think he gives you a lot of versatility as a play caller.”
Gatewood of Jacksonville, led Bartam High School to the Florida Class 7A finals and threw for 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 1.100 yards and 16 scores as a senior. He also ran as a sprinter in track and field and appeared in the Under Armour All-American game.
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