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Max Smith and Jalen Whitlow earn helmet stickers from ESPN

UK vs. Miami, OH

Saturday was a fun day for the Kentucky football team. They racked up 675 yards on offense, the third most in program history, and the defense allowed only 122 yards, shutting out Miami’s offense. There were stars on both sides of the ball, starting with Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow, who both earned “helmet stickers” from ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf:

Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow, QBs, Kentucky: The Wildcats needed a win in the worst way, and the two quarterbacks delivered against Miami (Ohio). Smith, who started, finished 15-of-23 for 310 yards and three touchdowns while his counterpart Whitlow added 103 yards passing on a 10-for-12 night. Whitlow also rushed for 48 yards and a score. New coach Mark Stoops picked up his first win and has to feel good about his two signal-callers going forward.

I’ll be honest: I was skeptical that the two-quarterback offense, but after a season-opening stumble, Neal Brown has found a way to make it work. The road only gets tougher, but so far, Kentucky’s offense is both productive and unpredictable.

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17 Comments for Max Smith and Jalen Whitlow earn helmet stickers from ESPN

  1. ukfan
    1:36 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    UK fans never rush the court, I get that. But what if we were heading into the last game of the season undefeated and we hit a buzzer beater from full court to win the game.. do we still not rush just out of pure excitement?

  2. BBN
    1:37 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Sweet!. Now against Louisville, I want to see some 2 QB formations… where we play them together.. I think Brown could have some fun with that.

  3. Hal
    1:46 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    um we’re 1-1 w/ dual QBs w/ a loss to WKU. we just played a bad team at home and bc of that you’re already saying that we’ve “found a way to make it work”???

  4. tom
    1:49 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Great to hear your voice on KSR this morning Mrs. T. Way too much testosterone on the radio show, especially with Ryan getting his shots! lol

    Matt should have you on more often.

    Refreshing to hear a young woman talk sports. Terrific job.

  5. Strategy
    1:58 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think in order for us to win the football game against the little school from Jefferson county, then we should focus on outscoring them by the end of the game.

  6. Sal
    1:59 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Miami is a lot better than their record. They lost their first game 52-14, but it was a lot closer than the score indicates

  7. Cawood's little buddy
    2:08 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I believe coach Stoops and Coach Brown played both quarterbacks as much as possible so it would be more difficult for Uof L to prepare for us. They knew they could get away with it playing Miami of Ohio and still win. However, i really like the unpredicability of having two good quarterbacks to call on. If Whitlow can become a sharp accurate passer, then he could potentially pick teams apart due to the defense having to respect his running capability. I don’t think we have much of a chance to beat U of L but if we can score a lot of points, anything can happen. GO CATS!!

  8. drunken irrelevance
    2:10 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten and hot dog buns in packages of eight?

  9. Eric Bledsoe
    2:12 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Buy four packages of hot dogs and five packages of hot dog buns

  10. drunker'n you
    2:14 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    eat two of ’em cold while cooking the rest.

  11. Boone's "Pick 5"
    2:30 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    We need a couple of “pick 6’s” this saturday.

    Hopefully the boys are up to the task. Going to be a lot of balls in the air as Ted Bridgewasher attempts to put up lofty numbers against the toughest team he will face all season. If the secondary can hold their own, and the linebackers/lineman put Bridgewasher on the ground then maybe something fun can happen. If the offense can be explosive and put up 35-45pts. then you never know what might happen, but a lot of “ifs” in this scenario.

  12. Jeffrey
    2:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @ Strategy: Thank you, John Madden

  13. Strategy
    2:36 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @ Jeffrey: Your welcome, John Madden

  14. 2QBs
    2:42 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hal, UK didn’t really go dual QBs against WKU. Whitlow was in for the first 3 and just didn’t get much done passing-wise, so in the 4th, they put in Smith and things started to work. Sure they used 2 QBs, but in the Miami game, you’d see them switch them mid-series and confuse the hell out of the D. Granted, it was Miami of Ohio, but we’ll see how well it works against a legit team Saturday. I’m thinking we’ll lose, but by no means am I expecting the blowout that many are. If the team can be mentally ready, cut out the penalties, and clean up special teams, I think we can hang at least.

  15. Close call at the plate
    2:45 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think we can hold them scoreless if we don’t allow them to score.

    Your welcome,

    John Madden

  16. John Madden
    3:07 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    The winning team will definitley want to score more points.
    Third down usually leads to fourth down.
    The defense is the only thing keeping the offense from scoring.

  17. Stoops on Demarco Robinson
    3:22 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    “I really don’t know.”