Kentucky QB Joey Gatewood, Tennessee OL Cad Meyers waived transfer eligibility among SEC players


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The SEC announced on Wednesday night that it had approved transfer waiver requests for “a number” of programs seeking exceptions to the rule that conference transfers sit for a year before being eligible for the contest. should go. Although the full list of players approved for the waiver was not announced, the decision meant immediate eligibility for a pair of potential impact players in the SEC East: quarterback Joey Gatewood in Kentucky and offensive lineman Cade Mayes in Tennessee.

Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “It should be clearly stated that these approvals are purely a reflection of the unique circumstances that exist and should not be interpreted as a justification prescribed by the individuals seeking these exemptions.” Sankey said. “These are unprecedented times in which decisions about eligibility and competitive opportunities demand consideration of the current challenges facing our student-athletes and schools as a result of COVID-19. There may be a different result for some in non-COVID environments. Waiver requests are scheduled today. ”

Getwood, the former Auburn quarterback who lost the competition to current Tigers starter Bo Nicks last season, now joins a room played by Terry Wilson. The extent to which he may be involved in the fight for the starting job is not yet known, but with immediate qualifications comes the opportunity to use special packages for Kentucky’s offensive staff, such as him with Auburn Seen on the field in limited action. The 2018 class coming from Gateway High School had a top-50 prospect, and Auburn (two passing, three rushing) had five touchdowns as a backup in 2019 before leaving the team in October.

“We are excited that @ joey1gatewood has received an exemption from the @ NCAA and @ SEC and will be eligible to play this season,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops tweeted on Wednesday. “We are grateful that SEC presidents and commissioners @GregSankey took into account the unique circumstances surrounding this season.”

In Tennessee, Jeremy Pruitt has made very public about the school’s efforts to get Maya’s approval with both the NCAA and SEC, to make the Mess eligible. Meyers started 18 games in two seasons for Georgia, earning SEC All-Freshman Team and Freshman All-American honors in 2018, while playing in the offensive line at all five positions during his time with the Bulldogs. Tennessee players rode the #FreeCadeMays social media movement and teammates to support the effort, With quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, Was quick to join the festivities after the ruling was announced from the SEC.

Mess was a five-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports Composite as the No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee. With this announcement, we should expect to see him on the field soon, giving an immediate boost to the already impressive offensive line at Knoxville.

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