In 2018, Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith emerged as the backup to injured starter Kaleb Barker and proceeded to lead the team the rest of the way. Following his breakout season, Smith announced he will be transferring for his graduate year. He’s now found his destination.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Smith announced that he would be pursuing his graduate years as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats. The announcement came with a picture of him already at Kentucky’s stadium.
Excited to announce that I’m going to spend my last seasons as a Graduate Transfer at THE University of Kentucky!! Words can’t begin to explain how proud my family and I are to be apart of the
Sawyer took over in October after Barker went down with an injury. He finished the year completing 62.9-percent of his passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His final game with the team was an MVP performance in the Dollar General Bowl against the Buffalo Bulls. He completed 31 of 44 passes for 320 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the 42-32 win.
Excited to announce that I'm going to spend my last seasons as a Graduate Transfer at THE University of Kentucky!! Words can't begin to explain how proud my family and I are to be apart of the #BBN @UKFootball pic.twitter.com/b223Ixk3td
— Sawyer Smith (@smittyyy22) May 13, 2019
Smith joins a Kentucky team that just added an extra spot in the quarterback room with the departure of backup Gunnar Hoak, who transferred to Ohio State.
But that isn’t to say that Smith is a lock to beat out Terry Wilson for the starting job.
Kentucky is coming off one of the best seasons in program history, and Smith will need to show that his performance in the Sun Belt Conference can translate to the SEC.