But those numbers came out of a shotgun spread passing attack at WVU. The Jets use a West Coast offense where the signal-caller works under center and must have good footwork for the timing-based routes.
"Going into training camp I've got a great opportunity and feel very good about it,'' said Smith. "I'm going to go in there with the right mentality, the same mentality I had throughout my entire career, which is to work hard, to better myself and help my teammates get better and we'll see what happens at the end of preseason.''
Smith also touched on other subjects Saturday:
"And those guys are very talented. I expect some things from them. I don't know who's going to be the starting quarterback, but with Coach [Dana] Holgorsen leading them I know they'll do well. I expect some guys to step up from a receiver standpoint. We've got a lot of young talent. Guys want to be the next Tavon [Austin] or Steadman Bailey.''
"He taught me a lot early on about being a man. Not just playing football, but being a citizen, being hard working and having good morals. When he passed it hurt me. It hurt all of us. It not only impacted the football team, but the community. He loved the old gold and blue. He bled it. He let you know it. That's what he always talked about.''
"I look forward to the battle between those two guys as well as Trickett. I watched [Trickett] at Florida State fill in for [starting quarterback] E.J. [Manuel] and he did a tremendous job. He just blew me away with some of the passes he made. You look at his size and you don't see much, but when he gets on the field he has a huge arm. That battle is going to be interesting, but I know whoever emerges as the starter is going to be well deserved.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.