Well Cats fans, who’s it going to be? What decision did Neal Brown and Mark Stoops make? Maxwell Smith or Jalen Whitlow? I guess we won’t know until Saturday but if I had money on it I would be betting on Whitlow. I personally have always been a fan of Smith but he just doesn’t seem to be the quarterback that he was last year. Neal Browns offense is perfect for the pocket passer but I believe the injury he suffered last season is what has led to his low completion rate, which is just a little over 52%. Jalen is supposed to be the ultimate athlete, a guy who could move this offense by passing out of the pocket or by using his feet to get yards down the field. But he has yet to do that. Whoever starts Saturday, I just hope that they got a lot of reps in this week and feel a little more comfortable behind the center. Who knows, maybe this is what was needed. One guy to see that the coaches have confidence in him leading this team. It may just put a spark in him and more importantly, get him to settle down and play the position.
There’s another decision that may have to be made at the end of the season. Za’Darius Smith may have to decide between if he wants to be a student athlete next year or does he want to take his talents to the NFL. What makes this so astounding is the fact that this is just the fourth year Za’Darius (better known as “Big Z”) has played organized football. A testament to his natural athletic ability. As it stands right now, the 6′ 6″ 254 lb.” Z” is 8th in the country in sacks with 4.5 and second in the SEC only behind Chris Smith at Arkansas. That’s right, even ahead of Jadeveon Clowney. Coach Stoops has raved about Z’s abilities and how consistent he has been since his arrival. Even his teammates have taken notice and realize that they can learn from him.
“He’s wonderful,” Freshman Jason Hatcher said. “He’s getting pressure to the quarterbacks and I pick up different stuff from him that I can apply to my game. Him and Bud Dupree are showing me the ropes and showing me how to be good.