Joker Phillips must feel that he’s being trailed by a black cloud these days. Two plays into Saturday night’s game with South Carolina, quarterback Maxwell Smith — who Kentucky had built its up-tempo, passing game around — went down with an ankle injury. Today, the severity of that injury was learned.
According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Phillips said Smith (pictured at left) is out indefinitely after tearing a ligament in his left ankle. Surgery will obviously be required.
On the bright side — at least for fans — they’ll be able to see “the next Tim Couch” in action on Saturday against Mississippi State. In addition to true freshman signal-caller Jalen Whitlow who went in for Smith in UK’s 38-17 loss to Carolina, true freshman Patrick Towles will see action. Phillips said, “They’ll both play.”
As we noted last week, Towles was going to redshirt this season, even though fans, Towles and Towles’ father — who went to the press with his concerns — wanted to see what the Bluegrass State’s former Mr. Football could do.
On Saturday, everyone will find out. And Phillips will hope all of the “next Couch” hype turns out to be true.