Petrino on facing Smith, Whitlow

At his news conference Monday, Bobby Petrino said that Western Kentucky is preparing for both Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow to run the Kentucky offense, but he seemed to say that Whitlow looks like the best option:

“They’re both very good players. When you look at the (Maxwell) Smith kid, he’s a very, very good thrower, very accurate, more of a pocket passer. When you look at (Jalen) Whitlow he can still make all the throws that they want in their offense and he’s got a quick release and he has the added challenge of defending the guy that can tuck the ball and run with it.
 We’ve been preparing for both and they do a great job of what their scheme has been in the past. It’s something where we have to be aware of who’s in the game. Our calls won’t change a whole lot, but you do have to be aware of rush lanes and how we’re gonna rush the passer and how we’re gonna defend some of the quarterback run schemes when Whitlow’s in the game.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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