Welcome to the Max Smith era 2.0. After a good showing in the closing quarter of the WKU game Smith is back to leading the Cats on the football field. While some still believe that Whitlow is the man for the job I think Smith is the correct guy for the job. Here’s why:
The Air Raid Can Take Flight
While Whitlow seemed like the best choice coming out of camp, Saturday night it was obvious he was struggling to make big plays down the field. Max Smith came in and the offense came to life as he threw for 125 yards in only one quarter of play. That’s also almost 50 more yards than Whitlow put up in the other three. Smith is clearly more comfortable airing the ball out deep and hitting recievers on the run. It will be tough to give up Whitlow and his extra ability to scramble but he can still be used in the offense.
Whitlow Free To Play Multiple Roles
Remember when Randall Cobb played quarterback for the Cats. It was effective but he was being limited to playing the role of field general. His sophomore and junior year he was able to play receiver, running back, and some QB.Perhaps Whitlow can be used in a similar role. Clearly he can make big gains down the field on his feet. So put him in for specific packages to keep defenses on their toes. Whitlow could be the athelete his was brought on campus to be. Something he is unable to do while he is under center.
Game Winning Experience
Whitlow has one career victory as starter and it came against Samford. Smith isn’t much better with his two but in the games with Smith the Cats have been much more competitive. Smith has shown a knack for finding a way to keep making plays.
So what do you think? Is Smith going to get the job done or are the Cats going to face Quarterback turmoil all year?