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Kentucky Football 2014 Season Preview: Meet Max Smith

#11 MAX SMITH
QB – JR
6’4 – 236
BIRMINGHAM – GRANADA HILLS, CA

MEET MAX SMITH

Maxwell was a somewhat under the radar prospect from California despite having a good arm and a high football IQ. His senior year in HS he passed for 2500 yards and 24 TD’s. Perhaps more impressive was the fact that he threw just two interceptions. Smith scored 1480 on his SAT which in football led to the ability to recognize defenses and coverages. He was named to the All-West Valley Conference team.

AS A WILDCAT

Maxwell Smith had a very solid and promising freshman year, playing in eight games and starting three. He won his first start against Ole Miss and passed for 283 yards and 2 TD’s. The 283 yards was a record for a true freshman at Kentucky and earned him SEC Freshman of the week honors. For the season he passed for 819 yards and had 4 TD’s vs 4 INT’s.

Max Smith started out on fire in his sophomore season passing for 966 yards and 8 TD’s in his first three games. An ankle injury followed and Smith threw just one more pass the rest of the year. Against Kent State, Smith was brilliant, going 30-39 for 354 yards and 4 TD’s. For that game, he received a helmet sticker from ESPN and was named the SEC OFfensive Player of the week by SouthernPigskin.com.

 

 

Unfortunately 2013 seemed to be a deja vu of 2012. Smith started hot and then battled injuries for the rest of the season. He led UK in passing with 1276 yards and 9 TD’s. Smith had just one interception on the year. Against Miami (OH), he went 15-23 for 310 yards and 3 TD’s. Smith completed a 88 yard TD pass to Javess Blue which was the 4th longest pass in school history.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Max Smith underwent offseason shoulder injury and did not practice at all in the Spring game. He is expected to be ready to throw during the summer and should be cleared for practice in August.

With the emergence of Patrick Towles and the addition of Drew Barker, there will be a very spirited competition for starting quarterback and Smith will compete. Early indications are that due to his injury he is losing valuable ground on the younger pair, but do not discount the possibility of Smith playing this year.

At the very least, Smith will provide a more than capable backup that has a career 21 TD’s to 9 INT ratio. Smith has also expressed a desire to coach in the SEC, so Smith will be valuable serving as a mentor to the younger QB’s.

 


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