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UK officially adds grad transfer QB Sawyer Smith

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Smith will likely be Terry Wilson’s backup for this upcoming season.

Dollar General Bowl - Buffalo v Troy Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats have officially added former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith as a graduate transfer, the school announced Monday.

Smith will be eligible to play in the 2019 season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We’re excited to have Sawyer join our program,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. “It’s great to add a quarterback with his experience and success. He helped lead Troy to an outstanding season last year and we’re glad to have him here.”

Smith, who hails from Cantonment (FL), played in all 13 games last season for Troy, starting the final seven games for head coach and former Wildcat Neal Brown. Smith went 5-2 as the starter, completing 144/229 passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 191 yards and a score.

Smith was named MVP of the Dollar General Bowl after leading Troy to a 42-32 win over Buffalo. In that game, Smith completed 31/44 passes for 320 yards and four scores.

The 6-3, 219-pound Smith appeared in six games as a freshman in 2016 before redshirting the 2017 season. He graduates from Troy this month with a degree in social science and will work on a master’s degree in sport leadership at UK.