The Jawon Pass era of Louisville football will begin without his leading receiver on the field.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Friday that Jaylen Smith will not play in the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game, according to the Courier-Journal’s Jake Lourim.
Jaylen Smith will not play tomorrow. Beyond that, Petrino would not discuss injuries.
— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) April 12, 2018
An undisclosed injury has kept Smith out at the beginning of spring practice. It is the second straight season he has missed time in the spring.
Smith missed three games last season, but still hauled in 60 catches for 980 yards — both team-highs — and seven touchdowns.
Pass will still have Dez Fitzpatrick to throw to. The redshirt sophomore led Louisville with nine touchdown catches and was second on the team in receptions (45) and receiving yards (699).
Missing out on the spring game is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. What is important is making sure Smith is healthy for the season opener so Louisville’s new starting quarterback has his best target on the field.