While Lynn Bowden is likely to start, UK should have Sawyer Smith able to go, as the junior graduate transfer has made a lot of progress in his recovery from shoulder and wrist injuries.
Smith got much of the previous two weeks off to rest and recover while Bowden was worked in as the first-team quarterback leading up to UK’s clash with Arkansas. While he was healthy enough to play, Smith still wasn’t completely healed, so he was kept on the bench for the entire game.
Now, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran thinks Smith can play and be effective if called upon Saturday in Athens.
“We’ve got both quarterbacks ready now at full speed. Both are available, so it’s really a good situation for us,” said Gran. “It was practice as usual. He (Smith) was full-speed, and everybody was full-go. We’re good to go now, which is a nice thing.”
Adding to this, Gran said that Smith is showing some more zip on his passes.
“His (Smith) reads were really good, and he threw the ball well,” said Gran. “You could see some zip on the ball for the first time, so the time off has really helped.”
Here is a recap of everything Gran had to say via UK Athletics: