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UK Hoping QB Smith Is Ready To Learn

At this time last year, Kentucky fans were worrying about the departures of Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke.  The exit of quarterback Mike Hartline?  Well, that was viewed as a positive by many.

But as Morgan Newton struggled mightily as the Cats’ signal-caller, Hartline’s work the previous year looked better and better by comparison.  Eventually, UK turned the ball over to true freshman Maxwell Smith.

Against Florida, LSU and South Carolina, Smith was just 7-of-18 passing for 50 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in get-your-feet-wet duty.

He didn’t play the following week against Jacksonville State the next week, but he did finish up his season — he missed the Tennessee finale with an injury — by completing 77-of-134 passes (57%) for 769 yards (192 per game) with four touchdowns and just two picks.

Clearly, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders finally someone under center who knew what he was doing.  Just don’t tell that to Sanders:

“Max didn’t know anything last year.  He knew just enough to survive for the most part…

The more he understands and the more he can anticipate, the more he can throw the ball accurately.  We’ve got to get to where he understands enough that he can make everyone else’s job easier instead of everyone else trying to make his job easier.”

As for the man Smith replaced, Sanders was brutally honest.  “Obviously, if you’re a quarterback and can’t throw in this offense, then you’re pretty limited.  He’s got to do the best he can do with the mental reps and what’s going on, being able to see it and learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Newton won’t do any throwing this spring after undergoing surgery this offseason.  So the #2 behind Smith will be Jacob Russell, a transfer from Eastern Kentucky.

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SEC Goes 4 For 4 On Tuesday Night

Southeastern Conference teams were a perfect four for four on the hardwood last night, though that feat’s a bit less impressive when you consider the cupcake nature of the squads they faced.

Here’s your update…

Arkansas 71, Eastern Kentucky 57

The Razorbacks improved to 7-0 at home under Mike Anderson with last night’s victory.  Mardracus Wade scored 13 and BJ Young added 12 to lead the Hogs.

Georgia 72, Mercer 58

After struggling with their in-state visitors for a half, UGA pulled away with an early 16-3 second-half run.  Connor Nolte and Vincent Williams led the Dawgs with 11 points each.

Kentucky 82, Samford 50

Doron Lamb racked up 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting, leaving Samford coach Jimmy Tillette to joke, “I like fish better than Lamb.”  The Wildcats won in a laugher without Terrence Jones.  The sophomore All-America candidate was held out with a disclocated pinky finger.

Tennessee 72, UNC-Asheville 68

For much of the night, it looked like UT’s losing streak might be extended to five games.  But Renaldo Woolridge and Cameron Tatum came alive with 17 each to lead the Vols back from a 10-point second-half deficit.

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SEC Releases TV Schedule For November 12th

The Southeastern Conference has released the television schedule for Saturday, November 12th today, but a number of games are still up in the air and won’t be decided until this coming Sunday.

Here’s are the games and the possible start times (all times Eastern):

Kentucky at Vanderbilt
12:21pm on SEC Network

Western Kentucky at LSU
7:00pm on ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at Ole Miss
7:30pm on CSS

And then it gets messy.  These four games:

Alabama at Mississippi State

Tennessee at Arkansas

Auburn at Georgia

Florida at South Carolina

… could fall into any of these four TV slots:

12:00pm on CBS

3:30pm on CBS

6:00pm on ESPN2

7:45pm on ESPN

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