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Despite torn ACL, Maxwell Smith wants to play in San Diego State’s bowl game

Yesterday, we told you guys how former UK quarterback Maxwell Smith injured his knee in San Diego State’s game against Nevada on Saturday. Smith tore his ACL and was thought to be lost for the season, but according to the Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long, Smith wants to postpone his surgery and play in whichever bowl the team goes to.

“He says he’s going to try to play in the bowl game,” Long said. “He’s going to try to rehab and put it in a brace and see if he can play with the brace and then he’s going to get operated on after the bowl game. That’s his plan right now. That’s what he wants to do.”

The Aztecs will start backup Christian Chapman in this weekend’s Mountain West Championship game against Air Force and will find out Sunday which bowl they’re going to, giving Maxwell time to rehab his knee. Long said it’s possible for quarterbacks to play with torn ACLs, and team doctors don’t have a problem with Maxwell going for it.

“The one position you could probably do it is quarterback,” Long said. “If you hand the ball off and straight drop back and all you do is throw it, you might (be able to play). … I can’t believe he wants to try, to be honest with you, but if he wants to try, good for him.”

If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: Maxwell is one tough kid.

[San Diego Union-Tribune]

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5 Comments for Despite torn ACL, Maxwell Smith wants to play in San Diego State’s bowl game

  1. RealCatsFan
    4:20 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

    I hope he has better OL protection than we had at UK this year, or he will be in trouble.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    4:29 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

    Not quite at the level of Ronnie Lott amputating his pinkie in order to play, but very impressive nonetheless. If he pulls it off, give him some kind of national tough-guy award! Heck, make a movie about him!

  3. Long Dong Silver
    4:35 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

    See, this is the kind of heart our team was lacking. Bravery, grit, and toughness should still be admirable traits. Sadly, they are not the norm, in this day.

    • Marine5150
      4:50 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

      I completely agree Smith is all heart and if he had some protection under Jokers reign he may of done great things. We will never know since he was never 100% whenever that put him back in to the fray. He was always positive while he was here and I wish him nothing but the best.

  4. 62Bluedog
    6:00 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

    Max is a tough guy. He learn how to play with pain every Saturday when he was at UK. Hell, I can’t remember any UK qb that didn’t get his block knocked off on weekly basis for the last 30 years. I’m sure Freddie & Jared remember. Well, defenses tried to kill Jared. He was as big as the D linemen.