The University of Kentucky football team fell to Mississippi State 28-22 on Thursday, October 25, 2013
* SEC "helmet sticker" vs. Miami (Ohio) by ESPN.com (2013) * SEC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Kent State by SouthernPigskin.com (2012) * SEC "helmet sticker" vs. Kent State by ESPN.com (2012) * Freshman All-SEC by SEC Coaches, Rivals.com (2011) * SEC Freshman of the Week vs. Ole Miss by the league office (2011)
Did not throw during the spring as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery ... Expected to resume throwing during the summer and be ready for practice in August ... Has been a part-time starter at quarterback over the last three seasons but has battled various injury issues ... Can receive a medical hardship for the 2012 season, so he has two years of eligibility remaining ... Has shown good field presence and accuracy ... Originally signed with Kentucky in the spring of 2010 ... UK's signing class was full, so he agreed to grayshirt until January 2011 ... Has played in 21 games, starting 11.
2013 (Sophomore): Led UK in passing with 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns ... Great game vs. Miami (Ohio) going 15-for-23 for 310 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yard touchdown pass, which is the fourth longest in UK history ... Threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee ... Threw only one interception in 183 pass attempts, breaking the SEC record for lowest ratio of interceptions in a season; however, the record also was surpassed by Connor Shaw of South Carolina, who had an even better mark of one pickoff in 284 attempts ... Played in nine games with four starts. 2012 (Sophomore): Started in all four games he played ... Completed 103 of 150 passes (68.7 percent) for 975 yards and eight touchdowns ... Played in three full games, averaging 322 yards in those contests ... Best outing came in the win over Kent State when he hit 30 of 39 for a career-best 354 yards and four TDs, winning a pair of weekly awards for that performance (see above) ... Completed a career-high 37 passes vs. WKU ... Incurred an ankle injury on the first series against South Carolina and missed the remainder of the season. 2011 (Freshman): Named to the Freshman All-SEC team by league coaches and Rivals.com ... Played in eight games, starting three late in the season ... Won his first collegiate start by guiding UK to a 30-10 win over Ole Miss, a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter ... Completed 19 of 36 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors in the process ... The 283 yards set a school record for most passing yards by a true freshman ... Threw at least one TD pass in each of his three starts ... Finished the season completing 84-of-153 passes for 819 yards and four TDs. High School: Tall quarterback known for his strong arm and cerebral ways ... Played his senior season at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif. ... Threw for approximately 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns with only two interceptions ... Named All-West Valley Conference and to the all-city team ... Has a reputation for recognizing defenses and coverages, not surprising for a person who scored 1480 on his SAT ... Coached by Jim Rose ... Also played basketball ... Received the school's Most Valuable Senior Award, covering all sports. Personal: Born in North Hollywood, Calif. ... Son of Carl and Paige Smith ... Major is integrated strategic communication. Community Cats: Visited patients at Veterans Hospital and participated in Read Across America and the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12) ... Helped with the God's Pantry Project (2012, `13). Maxwell Says ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: Cristiano Ronaldo ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: coaching in the SEC ... I couldn't live without my: family ... If I could witness any event, past, present or future, it would be: resurrection of Jesus ... The coolest thing about UK is: fan base ... My hidden talent is: cooking ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Don't put off to tomorrow what you can get done today.