Posted: Apr 9, 2012 4:59 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Apr 9, 2012 5:07 PM
SEC Coaches named him to the All-SEC Freshman team. He was forced to start three games. He's been handed the keys to the car, but no one will say that to the media. For today it's Max Smith's job as UK's starting quarterback.
"You can only expect freshman to be so far along," says UK Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders.
"He's a little bit farther along than probably a lot of freshman because he played a lot last year and he had a lot of practice reps."
Randy Sanders runs the offense. He's old school. Tough. Hard nosed. Doesn't give you an inch. You need to earn it. But, what's going on is obvious. Max Smith is the quarterback for UK if he plays well.
With Morgan Newton out recovering from shoulder surgery and Patrick Towles, a big time prospect watching from the sidelines because he's still in high school, how Smith plays this spring and in August will have more to do with who starts against Louisville than the other candidates. This is an opportunity that can change your career. It can change your life.
"If he were coming off a redshirt year and he is where he was now I would be really excited where he is at. I think he is probably in a pretty good place. Probably pretty close to on track, but I have to keep reminding myself that yeah, he played last year but he's still going to be just a sophomore. It's just his second year here."
The bottom line is, if Max Smith doesn't take control of the job, he might not get another chance as good as this.