Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Let’s see, what is there to talk about today. Hmm...
Oh, yes, I seem to recall something about an injured player. An important one, I think. Yes, now I remember -- Kentucky lost Terry Wilson, the starting quarterback to injury, and for the entire season.
The good news is that Wilson apparently has a clean injury with no additional trauma to the knee. When it heals after surgical repair, he should be back to 100% after rehab.
The bad news (other than the fact of the injury, which is the worst news of all) is that Wilson won’t be getting a medical redshirt, because he’s already used the limit of the NCAA’s largess. So come Hell or high water, next year will be his last in a Kentucky uniform.
Which brings us to his replacement, Sawyer Smith. Smith looked good in his brief relief of Wilson on Saturday, throwing a beautiful touchdown pass and generally looking like he’s fully capable of handling the job. Yes, we’ll lose the notable athleticism and running ability of Wilson, which will make a difference in Kentucky’s offense. Wilson was always a threat to take off running, and Smith isn’t exactly known as a dual-threat option.
But Smith is experienced in games both big and small, and as a graduate transfer, is a full-grown man. That makes a difference, and here’s just a little bit of why:
Sawyer Smith's last start vs. Buffalo. Impressive performance. https://t.co/x02IAsPale— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) September 9, 2019
If the UK line can give him a little time and receivers catch the ball, this guy can get it to them. Based on what I have seen so far with Smith at the helm, I think UK will be fine at quarterback. Not as fine as with Wilson, probably, but the position should not be a weakness.
Tweet of the Morning
I’ve confirmed 10 four-star recruits will be on #Kentucky’s campus this weekend including six of them on official visits. A few of them could be on commitment watch. #BBN https://t.co/3eryetzvbp— Patrick Loney (@PatrickLoney) September 10, 2019
Just keep recruiting, Stoops...
- Barton Simmons, 247Sports director of scouting, doesn’t know how much the loss of Terry Wilson will affect Kentucky. I don’t think any of us do, but I do believe that Sawyer Smith is a full grown man with plenty of experience. I think he can lead the offense quite well. As well as Wilson? Maybe not, but he may be able to get close enough.
- Mark Stoops has a lot of confidence in Sawyer Smith.
- Kentucky punter Max Duffy has been named to the Ray Guy Award’s Ray’s 8 honor list.
- Kentucky-Mississippi State set for 3pm kickoff on Sept. 21st.
- Florida dinged up on both offense and defense after their last game. Yeah, well, at least they didn’t lose their starting quarterback...
- Kentucky has lost starting quarterbacks fairly recently and gone on to good seasons.
- Landon Young named SEC offensive lineman of the week.
- Mark Stoops says that the Kentucky players believe in Sawyer Smith.
- John Calipari visits Cade Cunningham even though some think he’s a done deal to Oklahoma State because his brother was hired on as an assistant there. Maybe he knows something everyone else doesn’t.
- Rex Chapman is excited about the 2019-20 Kentucky Wildcats. I am, too.
Other Kentucky sports
- Cullan Brown discovered his cancer by accident, probably saving his golf career if he can defeat the disease.
- This is laugh-out-loud funny: Bobby Petrino apologizes to Arkansas over 2012 firing. Karma can be a bitch.
- Jeremy Pruitt compares his Tennessee team to the Titanic. Sounds about right.
- Kentucky’s not the only SEC team with major injury problems: Texas A&M loses starting running back Jashaun Corbin for the season.
- Best “value” bets to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Whatever. Florida? Seriously?
Other sports news
- Lynn Swann has resigned as athletics director at USC.
- California passes a law to allow athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness. That probably won’t matter to the NCAA.
- What is Anthony Davis’ net worth?