University of Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA and SEC, meaning he is now eligible to play during the 2020 football season. Head coach Mark Stoops made the announcement Wednesday.
The quarterback who left Auburn for Lexington, was originally expected to sit out a year. However, the NCAA and SEC are allowing Gatewood to be immediately eligible for the 2020 season. He is expected to be the primary backup behind Terry Wilson.
After sitting out the 2018 season, he completed 5/8 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns with 32 carries for 176 yards and three more scores for the Tigers last season.
For the 2020 season, Gatewood will be a redshirt sophomore. That is also what he will be in 2021, as the NCAA previously ruled that athletes who play in fall sports will not lose a season of eligibility due to coronavirus concerns.
That means he has three more seasons of college eligibility following the 2020 season.
UK will host Ole Miss at Kroger Field on Saturday.