Smith back in rotation, ran offense well with Whitlow

Maxwell Smith was back on the practice field Tuesday and was “pretty good,” head coach Mark Stoops said of his quarterback, who was sidelined with another shoulder injury in the second half against Louisville.

Smith didn’t throw during the bye week in an attempt to heal up the arm, which he reported lost some of its throwing velocity after being jerked by a Cardinals defender.

Smith and Jalen Whitlow both ran the offense well in practice on Tuesday, especially against the No. 1 UK defense.

“Offensively, one of our better days we’ve had in a while,” Stoops said. “Those guys were flying around, throwing it around pretty good, looked a little bit fresh and caught the ball and did some good things.

“Just an OK day defensively, but wasn’t terrible. Got some new things, just working through some situations. So overall, pretty decent day.”

At Monday’s news conference, Stoops said the plan was to limit the number of throws for Smith this week to keep the arm fresh. Kentucky trainer Jim Madaleno was responsible for keeping track of that number, the head coach said.

“When we were going good on good, again, I didn’t notice which quarterback was in there,” Stoops said. “They were both throwing it pretty good. They were moving too fast for me to notice.”

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