After three seasons as a reserve quarterback at Penn State, Will Levis took his talents down to the SEC. The new Kentucky Wildcats quarterback looks forward to facing the best talent that college football has to face.
There’s no guarantee on the table for Levis, who appeared in 14 games for the Nittany Lions, to start at UK this fall. After failing to beat out Sean Clifford in Happy Valley, he will now attempt to beat out another high-profile former transfer, Joey Gatewood, and redshirt freshman Beau Allen for the job.
That competition is all part of the plan, Levis said. If he can win the Kentucky job and face down SEC defenses, it will go a long way towards proving himself as a potential NFL signal caller.
“I think if I’m able to succeed in a conference like this, then it only helps my case to be able to play at the next level,” he said earlier this week, in an interview with UK Sports Network. “I’m just a competitive person. I want to play the best teams, I want to beat the best teams and I want to play for the best team.”
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Last season, Levis completed 33-of-55 passes for 421 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 260 yards and three scores. In 2019, he was less efficient, completing 28-of-49 throws for 223 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, and added 213 yards and three scores as a rusher.
Will Levis is one of the QBs opting to take over for Terry Wilson, a popular former Wildcat who has since transferred to New Mexico to finish his college career.
“It’s more important to get it right than to be in a hurry,” head coach Mark Stoops said of Kentucky’s quarterback battle. “You go all the way down and have four or five guys that you feel confident that could play football at this level, and getting them reps is a concern, and we will work that as best we can.”
Levis should be squarely in that mix, but it is far from a guarantee that he’ll land the job.
The Wildcats open their 2021 season at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
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