University of Kentucky sophomore quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow, along with junior defensive end Za’Darius Smith have been honored for their performance in Kentucky’s 41-7 victory over Miami (Ohio). Smith and Whitlow were given Southeastern Conference “helmet stickers” from ESPN.com for putting up solid numbers in UK’s impressive offensive showing Saturday. The Wildcats totaled 675 yards of total offense in the game, the third-most total offense in program history, including 413 passing yards, the most since 2007 vs. Tennessee.
Za’Darius Smith was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Smith had six tackles and three sacks in the game, becoming the first UK player since Deion Holts in 2003 to record three or more sacks. The UK defense limit Miami to no offensive points and only 122 yards of total offense, which is the fourth-lowest offensive output for a UK opponent in the last 25 years.