Kirby Smart’s coaching staff will have to watch film on two Kentucky quarterbacks ahead of Saturday’s matchup between the hedges. Days after Lynn Bowden led the Wildcats to a victory over Arkansas, Eddie Gran said Sawyer Smith returned to practice.
“We’ve got both quarterbacks ready now at full speed. Both are available, so it’s really a good situation for us,” Kentucky’s offensive coordinator said after Tuesday’s practice. “It was practice as usual. He (Smith) was full-speed and everybody was full-go. We’re good to go now, which is a nice thing.”
The coaches said Smith practiced some last week and was prepared to play in case of an emergency. Luckily, that emergency never occurred, giving Smith a few extra days to heal.
“I thought he came out and practiced well. His reads were really good and he threw the ball well. You could see some zip on the ball for the first time, so the time off has really helped,” said Gran.
More from Tuesday’s practice…
Are skill-position recruits worried about UK’s offense? The offensive struggles primarily stem from UK’s injuries at quarterback. Gran is confident recruits understand the situation. “They’re pretty smart. It’s a tight-knit group.”
Gran-isms — Every once in a while Eddie Gran will drop a football idiom that makes me bite my tongue to keep a straight face. “When the bullets are flying” is my personal favorite. Today he unleashed a new one when asked to grade his offense’s performance so far this season.
“We haven’t been a rolling ball of butcher knives. We’re trying to improve each and every day.” I would love to see what a rolling ball of butcher knives looks like.
Landon Young Practiced — Kentucky’s left tackle was in full gear for Tuesday’s practice. I get the feeling he did not participate the entire time, but he says he will be good to go this Saturday.
“It’s doing well. It took a little bit of time over the weekend to get it healed back up, but we’re getting back out there and going full-bore. I’ll be out there Saturday,” Young said.
A.J. Rose will leave the QB duties to Bowden — Like Bowden, the UK running back played quarterback in high school. He may get a “pass” or two off of shovel passes in the wildcat, but he’s going to leave the rest to Lynn or whoever else may be taking snaps.
RIGGS! The UK tight end talked about what was going through his head when he bulldozed a few defenders for a huge gain against Arkansas.