When 1-2 Kentucky steps back onto the field next Saturday to try and snap the nation’s longest uninterrupted losing streak by one team to another, they should at least have quarterback Maxwell Smith healthy and ready to go. The sophomore injured his throwing shoulder in UK’s 27-13 loss to Louisville last weekend. Head coach Mark Stoops said after yesterday’s practice that he thinks Smith should be fine:
“He told me he was feeling good. I mean, he didn’t throw any balls today, but he said he’s feeling good… Hopefully it’ll just be a few days, I would think. Doesn’t seem like anything major.”
Smith said the same, telling reporters that he was “going to be fine, and I’ll be ready to go for our next opponent.” The next opponent is Florida, a team that’s beaten the Cats in 26 consecutive years dating back to 1986.
On the year, Smith has completed 32-of-56 passes for 544 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Jalen Whitlow — the change-of-pace runner of the UK quarterbacks stables — has completed 28-of-44 passes for 286 yards with one score and one pick.