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Max Smith’s Shoulder Will Keep Him Out of Spring Practice

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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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Max Smith’s Shoulder Will Keep Him Out of Spring Practice

  1. Nick
    1:48 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Petrino’s got the job.

    • L1C5
      1:59 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Here’s a Tard comment made on Gregg Doyle’s write-up about Petrino-UofL:

      Have to have faith that Jurich is a genius and carefully/strategically plans every move he makes. I am close to the situation, and am told this plan is years in the making. Jurich got Petrino that job at WKU, just so he could rehire him at UofL as soon as Strong left.
      He is structuring a $20 million buyout to ensure that he never leaves again. This is the ONLY way UofL can get a long term coach.

    • Joe
      2:01 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Tom Jurich, Sooper-Jean-yus….

  2. memphis
    1:50 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    A more appropriate headline would have been “Max Smith’s Talent Will Keep Him Out of Spring Practice.”

    The kid has heart but it’s time to hang it up. With the cost of season tickets, I literally cannot afford to keep watching him at Commonwealth for two more years.

    • ChicagoCat
      2:48 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Talent isn’t really a fair word. Pre-injury he was throwing pretty well. He never had a rocket arm or anything but he got the job done. Unfortunately repeated injuries to his throwing arm have taken any zip he had off his throws and he simply can’t get it done. Feel sorry for the guy, but at least he gets an education out of his time.

  3. Pat Forde
    1:58 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink


    “Per Pat Forde, Bobby Petrino will be the new head coach at Louisville. Multiple sources are confirming. Never a dull day…”

    (KSR, notice how I gave credit to FootballScoop)

  4. The Loco Pollo
    2:01 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    I wish him well. Max seems like a great kid and showed glimpses of great potential his Fr year but it was obvious that his shoulder injuries made him way less effective. Even without this surgery, I believe we’d seen the last of him at QB at UK. It’s unfortunate for him, but I hope he’s able to be successful in whatever it is he pursues and the BBN should thank him for putting his body on the line for UK.

  5. Shame shame I know your name
    2:03 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville puts way to much emphasis on the whole “we MUST win” attitude. I mean we know that Petrino can win.. But he won’t make it longer than 5-7 years before he bolts or quits for another shot at the NFL.. Mark it down

  6. j a brooks
    2:09 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Max couldve been good but you could tell the injury was devastating to his throwing power and his accuracy.

    Regardless though, its reese or drews job to lose. Im thinking theres no way one of them isn’t the starter. Reese would be my early prediction. Hes not the 6’5 monster everyone seems to drool over but hes got decent size and is pretty mobile but unlike whitlow he is accurate and has a quick release. Hes also very good throwing on the move.

  7. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    2:09 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    5 – The only franchise that would hire Petrino in the NFL is the Raiders..oh wait Al Davis is no longer there.

  8. me
    2:40 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Time for Max move to an academic scholarship (or some trick uofl would use) and free up his scholarship. Coach Stoops needs bodies out there – and ones that can hold up to SEC competition. A 3rd string linebacker is more valuable than a 4th or 5th string QB.

  9. inside info
    3:05 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    KSR, any word on whether or not Towles elbow issue has cleared up?

  10. Not Going to be Popular, But...
    3:22 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Max Smith needs to go. College football is a big business and we can use all the scholarships we are allotted. Time for Max to hang it up and earn an academic scholarship.

  11. Glenn Fohr
    3:37 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    The 6’5′ monster is going to surprise a lot of people this spring with his improvement. I think he gets the nod, even if Whitlow doens’t change positions.

  12. See Ya Max
    4:22 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Smith is a sub-mediocre talent at a sub-sub-mediocre program. He should get out of the SEC while he can still chew solid food and walk (though not at the same time).

  13. Terry Blue
    4:36 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Once again, some of you demonstrate why this site has some of the dumbest posters anywhere. Max Smith was much better pre injury than was Andre Woodsen and Mike Hartline at the same stage. I had gone on record as saying he would either hang up football or have surgery during the off season. I was right as usual. If some of you can’t upgrade your knowledge, then I suggest you keep your thoughts to yourself so as not to unveil your ignorance

  14. clancyhat
    6:38 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    HEY ! BE NICE.
    I know he didn’t do that well but he busted his butt and put it on the line every week, even though he was obviously hurt and a shadow of his former self.
    There were many weeks when he was all we had – Whitlow was hurt and everyone else was redshirted.
    And he did the best he could. So, get off.