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Sawyer Smith: Will he play or not Saturday?

Quarterback Sawyer Smith (12). (Vicky Graff Photo)


Lynn Bowden has made three starts at quarterback and Kentucky went 2-1 in those games with the only loss coming at Georgia, a team everyone expected to beat UK no matter who the Cats had at quarterback.

Now apparently Sawyer Smith, who took over at quarterback when starter Terry Wilson went down in game two, is ready to play again and is healthy enough to both throw and run — things he could not do when he started and UK lost in miserable fashion at Mississippi State.

But will he play Saturday night against Tennessee? Who knows because Mark Stoops said Monday even he was not sure.

“We’ll see where it goes. We’ll see where the preparation goes this week,” Stoops said. “I think getting Sawyer back another week to prepare, I think he’s getting closer and closer, knocking off all that rust.

“His arm looked stronger toward the end of last week, so hopefully, he’ll come out there this week and look really fresh and look good, so we’ll see where it goes.”

It’s no given who Tennessee will play at quarterback, either, as the Vols could choose from three players. But they are all similar style players compared to Smith, a passer, and Bowden, an elusive runner. That’s why Stoops didn’t seem too concerned about not knowing who the Vols would use at quarterback.

“You don’t have to prepare any differently. They call plays very similar and both, very good,” Stoops said. “I think like most people, like most offenses when they’re in rhythm and the quarterback is in rhythm and playing well then the offense is going.

“You’ve seen spurts of that, particularly the last three or four games, where they’ve been very much in rhythm and comfortable in moving the ball.”



  1. Start Bowden until some team can stop him. He can throw the football too, call the play Gran. If he goes down with an injury, insert Smith. Bowden is the starting UK QB now. I like what I have seen. He is a winner.

  2. Amen Larry!

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