Auburn redshirt freshman quarterback Joey Gatewood announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon that he will be transferring to the University of Kentucky. Gatewood left Auburn’s program in late October after losing the starting spot for quarterback to true freshman Bo Nix back in August.
After Gatewood announced his departure in October, he stopped attending practice and went on an official visit to Kentucky in November. Gatewood redshirted last season since Auburn started Jarrett Stidham, so an NCAA waiver is needed for Gatewood to play in the 2020 season. If Gatewood is not granted a waiver, he will sit out the 2020 season and will have two years of eligibility left.
During his career at Auburn, Gatewood had 148 rush yards, three rushing touchdowns, threw for 54 yards and two touchdowns throughout seven games. ESPN rated Gatewood the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 36 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.
This is not the last Auburn will see of Joey Gatewood, as the Tigers are set to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2020 season. The game is set for Oct. 3, 2020, and will be played in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Whether Gatewood will be playing is still currently up in the air as he is waiting for word from the NCAA on his eligibility status.