With the announcement of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson being out for the year with a torn patellar tendon, it placed the Wildcats in a difficult spot moving forward.
But will it really be that much tougher?
With the team now transitioning to Sawyer Smith taking the snaps under center in Lexington, the team will have a different look to it despite the coaching staff saying there won't be any changes to the playbook.
I believe Smith will thrive in this position, just as he did when he was at Troy.
He led the Trojans to a 5-2 record when he started for the team a year ago and also earned MVP honors in the Dollar General Bowl as he led Troy to a 42-32 win over Buffalo.
Comparing the competition Smith played at Troy to the competition he will face at Kentucky would be like comparing apples to oranges, but the seasoned grad transfer is capable of doing the job needed to bring wins to Lexington.
This situation is similar to the situation last season.
Wilson may not have gotten his job because the quarterback in front of him on the depth chart got injured, but there were a lot of questions surrounding the former junior college star. Wilson had his inconsistencies last season but brought the Wildcats 10 wins and a Citrus Bowl victory.
With Smith, there are a lot of questions surrounding him as well. How will he fare in the SEC? How is he going to run the offense? Most importantly, how will he be able to lead Kentucky to wins as Wilson did a year prior?
It all starts with Saturday, when the Big Blue host Florida
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at Kroger Field. Like Wilson, Smith has a chance to solidify not only his spot at the top of the depth chart, but the Wildcats season if he can take down the Gators, who are currently eight-point favorites according to Sportsline.
If he doesn't win, I don't think Smith will receive much flak over it, but a win will push Kentucky into the Top 25 and propel Mark Stoops' bunch toward another special season -- one many considered to be a down year.
Smith will have the same opportunity Wilson did a year ago. A win over Florida could cement his name in Kentucky history, and I think he will do just that.
The Gators are a little banged up, and Felipe Franks isn't that great. As long as the offensive line performs and contains the high-octane Florida pass rush, I think Kentucky can win this game pretty handily.
Smith has an opportunity to go from backup quarterback to hero of Lexington this weekend. If he pulls off the upset, the Cats have a chance to do even better than they did last year.