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Can Max Smith Bounce Back?

September 26th, 2012. Max Smith is diagnosed with a seperated shoulder following Kentucky’s loss to Western. Despite reports things were okay Smith would only attempt one more pass before taking off the rest of the season in an attempt to let things heal. Then this summer on the radio show Smith shocked many fans when he revealed that he opted not to get surgery and that his shoulder would probably never be 100% again. As long as he didnt take a big hit everything would be fine… That’s when things went awry. Sure enough Smith took a big hit against the arch-rival Cardinals and his final pass demonstrated reason to worry. Will Smith be able to bounce back again?

The Case For:

Smith said it himself when he spoke to Larry Vaught of the Danville Messenger:


Even though he gets “some pain” in his shoulder and had a shoulder injury last season, Smith said this injury is in a “different spot” and he’s sure he will be fine […] Smith is trying to stay mentally sharp while he’s not throwing. He’s watching the offense and going through his progressions mentally to make decisions on what he would do.

“That’s really more than 50 percent of the game. The throw is like – I don’t know what the percentages are, but the throw isn’t as important as everything else you’ve got to think about pre-snap,” Smith said.

He says he’s trying to concentrate on his pass drop and alignment when he throws.

“It’s a little bit different than I’ve ever learned before, in terms of what we do. I’m buying into everything coach Brown tells me to do and I’m working to get better at it every day,” Smith said. “Coach Brown has proven that he’s been very successful everywhere he’s gone, so I’m buying into his system and just trying to get better at what he wants me to do.”

Perhaps we are just over analyzing an insignificant injury. Yes, Smith got hurt last season but that was a more serious injury and the bye week gives him a chance to rest up and come out guns blazing against the Gators.

The Case Against:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

When asked later to give a percentage on Smith starting, the coach went one step further.

“One hundred,” Phillips said. “He’s going to be the starter.”

Game against Florida, Smith set to start 100% certain, and when the kickoff is launched there is no Smith in sight. It happened last year and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see it happen again. It’s a bold strategy that could force the Gators to get ready for the wrong guy and in that give us an advantage. With little hope to win the next four games perhaps it would be wise to rest Smith for the back half of the season when we could steal a couple of games. Hopefully Smith is good to go and we don’t see him forced out against Florida for the second year in a row.


So what do you think? Will Smith be under center next season or does the team now go with Whitlow?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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10 Comments for Can Max Smith Bounce Back?

  1. schwing
    3:30 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    meh. we’ll be 2-10 this season with smith. 1-11 without him. bfd.

  2. Bill
    4:22 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well aren’t we a golden ray of sunshine!

  3. tdogg40330
    4:59 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    UK can beat the same UF team I’m watching play UT right now ….

  4. Tommy T
    5:25 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Very poorly-written entry.

    Apparently KSR no longer uses commas?

  5. James 4.1
    5:46 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    I think they can also beat the UT team we are watching right now as well tdogg. Especially since both games will be in a Commonwealth.

  6. MattJonesKnowsFootball
    8:05 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    “It’s a bold strategy that could force the Gators to get ready for the wrong guy and in that give us an advantage.”

    Doesn’t give that much of advantage. Florida’s team strength is their defense, and CWM learned from the devil reincarnate himself whose at Alabama. If Max doesn’t play CMS told us Jalen would start, and they would also play Towles. Florida I am sure has scouted Jalen’s package (the offensive one), and Towles (like Maxwell, or Max) is going to run CNB’s Air Raid, or as much of it as they have implemented at this point of the season. Since the schemes and packages for the offense are the same, there isn’t much advantage to be gained. Maybe the advantage we will have is at QB, but not because Florida prepared for the wrong one, but because they lost Driskell for the rest of the season against UT.

  7. Crash Davis
    8:29 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Smith’s shoulder is so iffy. Can we really count on him?

  8. tippytoe
    10:21 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Smith is damaged goods and Whitlow sucks. Towles or Phillips, please.

  9. Snot
    11:08 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink


  10. Tej
    3:28 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    I have confidence in the coaching staff rather than some of the geniuses who post here. This staff will put the guy in who gives us the best chance to win.