"Paul is mature," Smith shrugged. "He understands the game; he has to compete. That's what I expect out of him - or any other quarterback in competition."
Smith said among the receivers in camp, he also likes the way Wake Forest transfer Devon Brown has been competing.
"Devon has been coming along well," Smith said. "He's impressed me and our coaches. He hasn't been perfect - no one has - but he's made a lot of strides, making good catches, running good routes. He understands the system, so I think he's coming along well."
Ditto, said the QB, in relation to the offense.
"We've been repping these plays through the summer," Smith said. "I mean, we started learning in spring. That was the installation period. Now it's all about repetition. I think it's all about timing. Paul and I feel like we've progressed to a different [level]. The receivers are definitely running their routes hard, getting their timing down. The offensive line has been working a lot on their plays. We're coming together as a group. Putting it together as a whole."
What areas still need improvement?
"All areas," Smith said. "We're never satisfied with anything we do, so we're trying to improve on everything."
WVU, by the way, issued a mass email to the entire student body this week, announcing tryouts to join the team as a walk-on. One target is definitely a third QB to ease the practice throwing load of Smith and Millard. Smith, however, isn't worried.
"My arm isn't sore," he said. "We take care of ourselves. We ice after every practice. With two quarterbacks, you have to be conscious of the amount of throws. But we want to work hard and not think about it. We let our coaches back us down."
He said he would, however, back himself off in one situation.
"When my arm falls off," he said.
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