Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:22 AM by Keith Farmer
Updated: Sep 5, 2013 5:24 AM
It didn't take UK Head Football Coach, Mark Stoops, long to make Maxwell Smith the starting quarterback for this Saturday's game.
He only played one quarter against Western Kentucky, but the coaches liked what they saw. He showed a real leadership while hitting 8 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown.
This week, he's also showing more leadership as the Wildcats get ready for Miami, OH. "I think I've been doing that this whole time. Trying to get these guys to rally up and to try and win games and put a good product on the field every week. And, just try to get better every week," said Smith. "So, I don't think that's changed for me. Everyday I go out there, I try to do the same thing and lead the same way."
Even Offensive Coordinator, Neal Brown, admits he likes what he's seen from Smith during the entire process. "I think comfort is a good word for that. It's hard to be a leader as a back-up. I think you can but it's hard. I thought he did a good job with that until he went in."
Coach Stoops still says Jalen could get some playing time in the first game at Commonwealth Stadium this year. But, he believes Smith is giving them what they've been looking for since they started the quarterback battle. "Those guys have tried to be real respectful to each other and to the team throughout this process because everyone wants to know about it. They understand the attention that goes along with it and they were in a pretty good battle," said the Wildcats first year coach. "I think it's gotten to the point now where it's just let me just take it and do the best I can. And, that's what we're looking for and so I see a little bit of a change."
UK hosts Miami, OH Saturday at Noon. If you can't be there it will be on Fox Sports Regional.