Gavin Wimsatt - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 2


  • position Quarterback
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 227
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Owensboro, Ky.
  • High school Owensboro
  • Previous School Rutgers

2024 – Junior
• Returned to his home state after playing three seasons with the Scarlet Knights
• Has played in 25 games with 19 starts in three seasons
• Is 8-11 as a starter
• Completed 212 of 455 passes for 2,537 yards and 14 touchdowns against 17 interceptions at Rutgers
• Rushed for 628 yards and 11 scores on 180 carries as a true dual-threat quarterback

2023 – Sophomore (Rutgers)
• Started in all 13 games and went 7-6 as a starter
• Had a breakout season as a junior, passing for 1,735 yards (138-of-289) and nine touchdowns versus eight interceptions in 13 starts at quarterback
• Also rushed for 497 yards and 11 scores on 131 carries
• Named team captain
• Ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 171.7 yards of total offense per game
• Total of 2,232 yards placed 10th for a season in program history
• Accounted for 20 touchdowns (11 rushing, nine passing)
• The 122 points responsible for ranked sixth in the Big Ten
• Set a Rutgers quarterback record with 497 rushing yards, most in the Big Ten and No. 20 nationally among quarterbacks
• Had four games with multiple rushing touchdowns
• The 11 rushing scores were ninth-most in a season in program history and most ever by a quarterback
• The total also led Big Ten quarterbacks in 2023, ranked tied for sixth among quarterbacks nationally and tied for third among all Big Ten players
• Had 10 games with double-digit completions

2022 – r-Freshman (Rutgers)
• Played in eight games with six starts at quarterback
• Completed 65 passes for 757 yards and five touchdowns
• Rushed for 63 yards
• Earned first Big Ten start at Minnesota (10/29) and completed six passes for 68 yards
• Made first collegiate start and rushed for 62 yards with a touchdown pass in home opener versus Wagner (9/10)

2021 – Freshman (Rutgers)
• Redshirt season
• Played in four games
• Completed nine passes for 45 yards and rushed for 68 yards on the season
• Made collegiate debut with a 13-yard completion on fourth down to extend go-ahead drive in the win at Illinois (10/30)

High School
• A consensus four-star prospect
• Top player in Kentucky and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback nationally by Rivals
• The No. 11 signal caller in the country and a top-150 prospect by 247Sports
• An ESPN 300 recruit and No. 7 quarterback nationally by ESPN
• Coached by Jay Fallin at Owensboro
• Elite 11 finalist
• KHSAA Class 5-A State Player of the Year
• Helped the Red Devils to an appearance in the KHSAA Class 5-A state title game as a junior in 2020 and the semifinals as a sophomore in 2019
• Finished high school career with 5,304 passing yards and 62 passing touchdowns
• Threw for 504 yards and five touchdowns in two games for Owensboro as a senior in 2021
• Completed 143 passes for 2,075 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 408 yards and six touchdowns on the ground as a junior
• 2020 first team all-state selection by the coaches
• 2020 Offensive Player of the Year by The Owensboro-Times
• Also threw for 2,729 yards and 31 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019

• Born in Owensboro, Kentucky
• Son of Darniece Douglas and Antoni Wimsatt
• Has two older brothers, Darrion and Rashai
• On track to graduate in May of ’25 with a degree in African American and Africana Studies

Gavin Says
• He chose Kentucky because it was a great opportunity to play in his home state with great coaches
• After his football career is complete he hopes to own a trucking business
• One thing most people don’t know about him is that his first love is baseball
• Three words to describe him are silly, caring and optimistic
• He’s motivated every day by his parents who sacrificed, battled adversity and taught him about work ethic

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