Still a process coming back for QB Smith

There are still question marks about whether or not Maxwell Smith will be part of the four-man competition at quarterback this season.

On Tuesday morning, the second day of fall camp, offensive coordinator Neal Brown said he wasn’t comfortable discussing injuries, but indicated Smith and his surgically reconstructed shoulder are improving.

“He’s getting better,” Brown said. “I think it’s going to be a little bit of a process to get him back to full speed.”

Smith had what has been called “extensive” off-season surgery on his right throwing shoulder. He missed all of spring practice. As of mid July, he had been cleared to throw, but had not tested his full arm strength.

As are the other three quarterback competitors, Smith is wearing a red (no contact) jersey during camp and has been on the practice field this week. Beyond that, it’s unclear what he is and isn’t able to do.


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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