A California kid will be behind center for the Cats when UK kicks off the 2012 season on Sunday at Louisville.
For Max Smith, the build up is immense. So big in fact, he has butterflies, as he does before every game.
But he wouldn't want it any other way.
Check out the video to see and hear how Smith has progressed from the backup thrown into the fire last year, to the starting QB of an SEC team on the ropes.