Smith named starter at Kentucky after injury

Published 6:47 pm Monday, September 9, 2019

Kentucky lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson for the season due to a knee injury and in steps former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith.

Wilson tore a patella tendon during Kentucky’s 38-17 win over Central Michigan on Saturday night.

Smith finished the game at quarterback and completed five of his nine passes for 76 yards and he had two touchdowns. Smith also ran the ball once for five yards.

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This is the second straight year that Smith has taken over the starting role after the previous starter injured his knee. Smith took over for Trojan quarterback Kaleb Barker last year after he injured his knee in the sixth game of the season.

During his red shirt sophomore season in 2018, Smith finished the season completing 62.9 percent of his passes and had 1,669 yards with 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 191 yards.

Smith played in six games for the Trojans as a freshman. He threw for a 47-yard pass on his first-ever colligate attempt. The 33rd rated dual-threat quarterback in America coming out of high school led Tate High School to a 27-9 record.

Smith will get his first taste as an SEC starter on Saturday when the Wildcats host the Florida Gators beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN.