One of the few bright spots for Kentucky's offense last year was the emergence of Maxwell Smith. He showed poise that was way ahead of his years, great footwork, a willingness to stay in the pocket under pressure and throwing accuracy that was sorely missed while Morgan Newton was under center.
While Smith's play late in the season would make you think that his job as the starter is safe, there are a few other factors to consider.
Newton may have had a rough season, but if there was ever a time for a kid to start doing the "Rocky training montage" to win back his job, it's now. Also, keep in mind that Newton is very physically gifted and one of Joker Phillips' favorites.
There are also two other very talented options at quarterback in the form of Bookie Cobbins and true freshman phenom Patrick Towles.
If Newton shows any of the form he had in his brief 2010 campaign, or Smith has a poor spring showing, there may be a quarterback controversy in the bluegrass again.
In all honesty, though, I just don't see that happening. Smith did a great job taking over a team in disarray and a young receiving corps that was dropping more passes than they were catching. Now that he has had game experience and the receivers will be more experienced, it's Smith's job to lose.