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Kentucky lands grad transfer Sawyer Smith

Kentucky makes a critical pickup for the 2019 season.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have landed a graduate transfer quarterback for next season.

On Monday, Sawyer Smith announced his commitment to Kentucky.

Smith, a redshirt sophomore this past season with the Troy Trojans, started seven games in 2018 after junior Kaleb Barker was lost for the year with a knee injury. With Barker expected back this fall and a new head coach in Chip Lindsey, Smith decided it was time to look for another home, and Lexington will be just that for him.

The former Tate High School (FL) product was recruited by former Kentucky player and assistant Neal Brown to Troy. Brown leaving this offseason to become West Virginia’s head coach was another reason why Smith has been looking for his next home.

While the Kentucky has a lot to be excited about this year following a 10-3 season, one fatal flaw could have potentially been at quarterback.

Terry Wilson, who showed a lot of potential last season and is primed to make a jump in Year 2 with the Wildcats, should absolutely be the starter, but after him, there’s no other passer that Kentucky can feel confident with going into the grind of the SEC.

If Wilson goes down, Kentucky will be in a world of hurt with only true freshmen Amani Gilmore and Nik Scalzo as the only other true quarterbacks. Walker Wood will be a redshirt sophomore, but he has no real in-game experience and may ultimately move to another position.

That’s why it was imperative that Kentucky adds another quarterback this summer, whether it’s a transfer or junior college option.

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