"He can flat throw a spiral. He's a special talent," the coach said. "Ole Miss did him a favor by playing man-to-man defense almost the whole game, something it usually doesn't do. But Smith is a player. California produces a lot of great quarterbacks and he just got overlooked by a lot of schools. Kentucky may well have a steal." He also says not to buy into the theory that Kentucky's overall talent is God-awful as some are saying.
"It really has surprised me that Kentucky's talent is not that bad. It was much better than Ole Miss," he said. "Kentucky's talent is better than I thought. The running back (Coshik Williams) looks like a good, SEC back. He's a tough, hard-nose kid with good vision of the field. And I thought (coordinator) Randy (Sanders) called a great game to use both him and the quarterback.
"Kentucky is better than Vanderbilt talent-wise. They are not nearly as good as Georgia, but they are also better than Tennessee. Tennessee is terrible. If Kentucky plays to the level it should, I could see it beating Vanderbilt and Tennessee."