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Former UK QB Maxwell Smith out for season after knee injury

San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith threw a pass during the first quarter against Nevada.
San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith threw a pass during the first quarter against Nevada. San Diego Union-Tribune

What was feared has come to fruition. San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith and defensive tackle Christian Heyward are out for the rest of the season, Aztecs Coach Rocky Long said on Sunday.

Long said team doctors have told him that Smith likely suffered a torn medial collateral ligament, and Heyward sustained tears to both his MCL and anterior cruciate ligament. Both injuries will require surgery for the seniors.

Both injuries were suffered in the first half of Saturday’s win over Nevada.

It marks the end of the SDSU career of Heyward, who transferred from USC. Smith, a graduate transfer from Kentucky, might still get a chance to come back for another year, pending his injury waiver appeal with the NCAA.

“I feel badly for both of them,” Long said. “”Both of them have had injuries in their past and have overcome them. Both were having great seasons and were instrumental in us getting to the championship game. And I feel bad that they don’t get to play in it.”

With an 8-0 conference record, SDSU won the West Division of the Mountain West and will play Mountain Division champ Air Force on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in the Mountain West Championship game.

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