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“Mature” Sawyer Smith understands quarterback situation at Kentucky

Sawyer Smith (Troy Athletics Photo)


Why would Sawyer Smith reach out to Kentucky about transferring to play for the Wildcats knowing that quarterback Terry Wilson had two  years of  eligibility left after leading UK to a rare 10-win season and New Year’s Day bowl win last season?

The 6-3, 220-pound Smith passed for 1,699 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading Troy to victory in the Dollar General Bowl last year after being promoted to starter after an injury to the No. 1 quarterback. He completed 63 percent of his passes with six interceptions and also ran for 191 yards and one score while starting six games.

Smith, the MVP of Troy’s bowl win last season, has over 600 Division I snaps and could provide UK with an experienced backup quarterback. But even if he competes with Wilson, he’s not going to beat him out in preseason practice.

From what I was told, Smith understands the situation at Kentucky and accepted that — something McClane Carter of Texas Tech and Penn State’s Tommy Stevens did not when they considered transferring to UK.

“He’s a very mature kid, very likable,” said someone who knows Smith from his time at Troy. “He’ll be a big asset in the (quarterback) room. He’s a nice kid who wants to get his Master’s and maybe eventually coach. He feels coming to Kentucky is a good career move for him.”

Smith was recruited at Troy by coach Neal Brown, a former UK player and offensive coordinator. Once Brown left to become head coach at West Virginia, Smith decided to leave. Former Troy staff member Mark Perry is now a member of UK coach Mark Stoops’ staff. Perry, the former head coach at Lexington Catholic High School, may have been the connection with UK that helped get Smith to fill a need the Cats had after the transfer of Gunnar Hoak to Ohio State.


  1. This young man could play a lot football for Kentucky, who knows what will happen at any given day. It will probably bring competition to the position come fall too.

  2. I hope he gets to play some early against Toledo and EKU, because from that point, who knows what the team will need.

  3. Terry Wilson is going to be out quarterback regardless of how better suited Sawyer or Allen might be. Pup, even though you are an arse, you are right about Sawyers talent. There were plenty of times when Hoak should have been put in when Wilson was struggling mightily, but Stoops will not jerk a quarterback. The only way Sawyer plays meaningful minutes is with Wilson getting hurt or sick. I hope Allen can bide his time next year because it doesn’t look good for him getting much PT his freshman year.

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