Sawyer Smith

Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith (3) looks to pass against Clemson during the first half of a college football game on Sept. 10, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. Smith has transferred to the University of Kentucky.

LEXINGTON — Kentucky will add an experienced quarterback to its roster this fall.

Former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith plans to enroll as a graduate transfer after he graduates this month and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Smith started the last seven games for the Trojans last season and threw for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns. He added 191 yards rushing and a touchdown.

“We’re excited to have Sawyer join our program,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to add a quarterback with his experience and success. He helped lead Troy to an outstanding season last year and we’re glad to have him here.”

Smith led Troy to a 42-32 win over Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl. He threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns.

“He played his best game. It wasn’t even close,” Neal Brown, former Troy coach and current West Virginia coach, said of Smith at the time. “I can’t say enough about him. I love him and I think he is a great story. He got beat up throughout the year. He played tonight with a broken rib. That’s pretty tough if you ask me.”

Brown has also served as the offensive coordinator for UK.

During his last two seasons at Tate High School in Florida, he threw for 5,627 yards and 47 scores.

Smith, 6-foot-3, 219, will work on a master’s degree in sports leadership during the next two years. 

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