LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was thought after the spring that Redshirt Junior Brandon Doughty had a fairly substantial lead to become Bobby Petrino's first starting Quarterback with the Hilltoppers. And Doughty, a redshirt Junior from Davie, Florida is still the man to beat, but former Seneca Redhawk Demarcus Smith has made considerable strides since the spring and may make things interesting.
Smith was admittedly rusty after missing most of the last two football seasons due to injury and a change in schools. But the Redshirt Freshman who originally signed with Central Florida worked hard over the summer to close the gap.
"Spring was a very humbling experience, having the struggles, not playing for a year and a half, thrown into the fire with the 1's and 2's on offense and defense," said Smith. "It was very humbling but I overcame it. Over the summer I watched film on the whole spring game. I watched all the mistakes I made and really worked on my craft. The summer was good for me. I got in pretty good shape and am good to go now."
Petrino wouldn't put a timetable on the quarterback decision.
"Brandon (Doughty) is doing a really nice job," the coach said. "He came out of spring ball and was the leader. He's come back in great shape and condition. He's still working hard at making the right decisions every play and his accuracy hasn't been as good as it was in the spring. Some of that is expected because of the new wide receivers and the new guys he is working with. Damarcus Smith has really improved. When he came out of spring ball I thought it was going to take quite a bit for him to get into a position to play but he is much better right now than he was all of spring. His understanding of the offense, his technique and his ability is really showing up."
The Toppers open the season in Nashville against Kentucky on August 31st at 7:00 pm Eastern.
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