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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said that sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith “threw good” in Wednesday’s practice and had his second straight “good day” after injuring his shoulder in UK’s previous game against Louisville.
“We did keep a pitch count on him again today, but seems to be no effects. Seems to be fine,” said Stoops as UK continued preparations to face visiting Florida Saturday.
However, Stoops would not say if Smith or Jalen Whitlow would start Saturday.
“We haven’t decided yet. No. We really haven’t. Both guys have been getting equal reps this week because of the pitch count and everything else with what we’re doing. So they’ve been equal,” Stoops said.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said he did have an “idea” about who would start.
“I want to watch this practice (on videotape) and get through tomorrow and kind of make a call on it,” Brown said.
Brown agreed with Stoops on how Smith has practiced and said he was “almost perfect” in Tuesday’s practice.
“No signs of the injury to me,” Brown said.
The offensive coordinator said Whitlow just has to “relax” when games start, something he has not done well this season.
“We’ve played three games. He hasn’t started well twice. He started real well once. So, if we keep going in that order, he’s up to start well, right?” Brown said.
No matter who is at quarterback, UK has had trouble converting third-down plays.
“We haven’t executed as well on third down as we’d like. And there’s a few play calls that I’d like to have back on third down as well. But I really believe in how we practice those situations. I’ve gone back and I’m aware that we haven’t been very good,” Brown said. “I’m aware of where we’re at statistically. So during that bye week, I went back and evaluated everything statistically.
“We were not very good, I think, in ’08 at Troy on third downs, and I really spent a whole offseason kind of studying third downs — how to practice them, how to prepare for them, what to emphasize with the kids. And we came back and, last year at (Texas) Tech, I want to say we finished 10th but we were in the top two or three (nationally) for most of the year.
“So I feel good about our preparation. We’ve just got to execute better. I got to put our kids in better situations and we’ve got to execute better on those critical downs.”