After being held out of last weekend’s game against Florida due to an AC joint injury in his shoulder, it appears Maxwell Smith will be back this weekend.
The starting quarterback practiced all three days this week with no issues in his right (throwing) shoulder. Following practice Thursday, head coach Joker Phillips indicated that all Smith’s systems are a go for the Saturday night game against No. 6 South Carolina.
“Last week I didn’t know what the effects would be if he got hit and injured again,” Phillips said about Smith not playing in quotes distributed by the school. “That is not the case this week. He is a lot healthier than he was last week so therefore he will play.”
The return of Smith will be a significant blessing for the Wildcats’ offense. Morgan Newton started in place of Smith in the blowout loss to the Gators and did, well, this: seven-of-21 passing for 48 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.
In his three games this season, Smith has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 966 yards and eight touchdowns.