LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - University of Kentucky starting quarterback Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
"He'll have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his ankle," Cats head coach Joker Phillips said. "If he can return before the season's over -- if he cannot return, we'll apply for a medical hardship at the end of the season."
With Smith out the Cats will turn to a pair of freshmen at quarterback. Jalen Whitlow, who played the remainder of Saturdays 38-17 loss to #6 South Carolina, after Smith left with the injury, and Patrick Towles. Towles, Kentucky's Mister Football in 2011, last played as a senior at Fort Thomas Highlands. U.K. had planned to redshirt Towles this season.
"We'll have to play them both," Phillips added. "It's going to take an effort of both of them. And it could be right in the middle of the series. If it's not series to series, it could be play after play after play, switching them in and out, give them things that they both can do, give them a chance to go out and play and compete."
The Cats (1-4) host #20 Mississippi State (4-0) on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. You can see the game live on WAVE 3.