LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky football team is getting ready for a trip to Mississippi St. on Saturday. It's a 4 o'clock kickoff on the SEC Network.
Tuesday the Wildcats offense met with the media and that included UK offensive coordinator, Eddie Gran. Overall, he was pleased with Sawyer Smith's first start at quarterback. He was 23-35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns. But, Smith also had a fumble and three interceptions. "We threw four of them on time and he dropped out of the pocket and he was late on it," said Coach Gran. "That particular instance he's got to know we've got points so you've got to throw it in the dirt or you've got to run it."
Smith was pressed into duty last week when starting quarterback, Terry Wilson, tore his patellar tendon against Eastern Michigan. Gran says he was very proud of his junior quarterback. "I hate that he dropped that ball on the third play of the game." Gran added, "It's inexcusable and he knows it but I tell you, the couple of things he did wrong, he came back and he showed a lot of courage and I thought he battled."
Ahmad Wagner was one of the big targets for Smith against Florida. The Senior wide receiver had three catches for 70 yards and an incredible touchdown catch as he was falling. It appeared the two of them had build an instant chemistry. But, according to Wagner, "I was a two a lot during camp and we got a lot of reps together... we got a lot of throws together. I was no stranger to Sawyer when he got put into the mix."
The Wildcats defense will meet with the media on Wednesday.