"If anyone was going to pick it up and run with it, I'm glad it was him,'' Cook said. "I was tired of hearing his mouth.
"Shoot, he was mad about it, his girlfriend was mad at me about it. I took all his glory. She should be happy now.''
Baylor's Art Briles doesn't disappoint.
"He's just phenomenal,'' Briles said Monday. "The guy's been playing really strongly the last couple of years. He's why they're where they're at No. 7 in America. He's a great leader, a great football player and seems really in control of what's going on on the football field, without question.''
Briles, though, can opine on something else regarding Smith, which is the Heisman Trophy race. Briles coached last year's winner, Robert Griffin III.
So, any thoughts on how to handle all of that pressure and attention?
"I guess you'd have to ask Robert about that,'' Briles said. "But just being around it a little bit, it's constant. It's kind of like in a golf game. You make one bad shot and then all of a sudden everybody's talking about that one bad shot instead of those 68 that you hit right. That's kind of what happens when you get in this hunt. You can be in it one day and then two weeks later [it's different].
"That kind of happened to Robert last year. We started out with him being very hot and then hit a little lull in the middle of the season and then finished up strong and pulled it out at the end.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.