Max Smith’s shoulder is acting up again; this time it could keep him off the field for good. Today UK confirmed a report from Jen Smith that Max Smith has undergone shoulder surgery and will not be able to participate in full contact drills during Spring Practice. Smith’s shoulder has been an issue since his freshman year, when the injury caused Matt Roark to start at QB against Tennessee. It has lingered over him since, opting against surgery last season even though the residual effects on his ball were undeniable.
The timing is terrible for Smith; after going through QB competitions every year since arriving at UK, this Spring is postured to be the most critical with the entrance of Drew Barker, the return of last season’s predominant starter Jalen Whitlow, and the availability of redshirts Reese Phillips and Patrick Towles. After going through a season of uncertainty and injury at QB, Mark Stoops will use this Spring as the first step to solidifying a starter at the position.
Ashley Lowery and Alex Montgomery are also Spring causalities. Montgomery is still recovering from an ACL injury that occurred after scoring a touchdown against Alabama State. Lowery underwent successful shoulder surgery after fighting through the injury during the season.