LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Knowing the challenge he faces in leading Kentucky back to respectability, Maxwell Smith wouldn't dare show swagger despite winning the quarterback's job.
Rather, the confidence he's displaying suggests a comfort zone with the Wildcats' multiple offensive system, an important step toward that goal.
Starting three games late last season helped the then-freshman, who followed up with a strong spring and training camp to earn the starting job last week. Since then Smith has been polishing up his game, which will be needed Sunday as Kentucky opens the season at No. 25 Louisville.
Smith's performance is even more important for the Wildcats after a 5-7 season highlighted by weak offense. Kentucky surpassed 200 yards passing just twice in 2011 and averaged just 135.6 yards per game.