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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Sawyer Smith Edition

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Starting Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson is lost for the season to a knee injury. Graduate transfer Sawyer Smith, late of Troy University, is the new starter. Can he keep Kentucky from losing their offensive punch?

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Sawyer Smith Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

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