Smith throws in practice; Cobble still out

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK coach Joker Phillips said on Monday quarterback Maxwell Smith wouldn't throw again until Thursday. Smith missed the Florida game after aggrivating a shoulder injury suffered last season.

But Smith threw in practice on Tuesday.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders said the plan was altered because Smith's shoulder was feeling good.

"The original plan was for him not to throw much today, but he felt pretty good, so we went ahead and practiced," Sanders said afterward.

"Tried to limit his throws a little bit," Sanders continued. "Looked good. Felt good. He's not 100 percent yet, but I expect by Saturday he'll be real close."

Phillips said freshman Jalen Whitlow will get the start on Saturday if Smith can't go. The Wildcats host South Carolina at 7:00 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Mister Cobble likely will miss the South Carolina game after being hospitalized last week for an infection. Cobble attended Tuesday's practice, but watched in street clothes.

Tristian Johnson and Christian Coleman filled in for Cobble against the Gators.

"They got knocked around a little bit, but they battled hard," defensive coordinator Rick Minter said.

"If you add them both up together, they might be about as big as PC (Cobble)," he said. "We're not going to invent any new bodies. We can't put any weight on those guys in three days."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN2.


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