"Tremendous,'' Smith said when asked how
much can be accomplished in shorts and without all those distractions. "When it comes down to throwing, the D-line and the O-line, they're just bumping heads. It's all about the secondary and the receivers and the coverages and everything. That timing is going to be important for us. We have to be on point with our reads, we have to get lined up fast and put pressure on the defense.''
Aside from that, Smith says he is just trying to get better at everything he does after throwing for more than 2,700 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore.
"I know it sounds cliché, but I take every day for what it's worth,'' he said. "I try to lock in and focus on each day and every rep, every spring, anything we do, and just try to be a good leader to my teammates and try to help us win.''
So he watched tape and tries to get better at the things he wasn't good at in the spring. And those things were?
"Pretty much everything at this point,'' he said.
One thing he doesn't have to work on all that much, though, is his running. After being asked to become more of a dual-threat quarterback last year - he ran the ball 106 times, although for just 217 yards after subtracting sacks - in Holgorsen's offense he is almost strictly a passer.
Admittedly, Smith never really liked to run the ball, but he stopped short of saying that not being asked to do so would be a relief.
"I wouldn't say it's a relief. It's just focusing on my strengths,'' Smith said. "I'm not a running type of quarterback, but I can make good decisions and make the throws. And our offense requires that. I think that's what makes us good.''
Still, that doesn't mean he won't run on occasion if the opportunity arises.
"No, not at all,'' he said. "If it's there then I'll get 5 yards. That's all I can get.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.