Kentucky’s bad showing in Starkville was exacerbated by an injury to quarterback Sawyer Smith’s shoulder. The junior out of Troy was 15-41 for 232 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception in Kentucky’s 28-13 loss to Mississippi State, and was in noticeable pain throughout the second half.
“Sawyer got hurt at the end of the second quarter,” Mark Stoops said after the game. “He got dinged with his shoulder, went in, got an X-ray. At the start of the second half, he gave it some throws and was hurt, was in pain. They went in and X-rayed it and he came back. I thought he was done but he came back, gutted it out and really gave us everything he had in the second half but he was dinged up in the shoulder”
Sawyer also hurt his wrist at the end of the Florida game, but Stoops is hopeful he’ll be able to go vs. South Carolina.
“I would think [he’ll be able to play] but you don’t know how he’s going to respond or what he’s going to wake up and feel like.”
Stoops added later that he admired Sawyer’s grit in returning and trying to lead the comeback.
“He’s just got to play. We all still have a lot of confidence in him. The kid is banged up already. He’s got a wrist and a shoulder [injury]. He’s banged up, but he’s going to lay it on the line and everyone can relate to that, respect that. He’s going to make mistakes. It was his second start and he’s going to learn from it.”