After a solid freshman season, expectations keep rising for Smith. Although he hasn’t yet played a game at cornerback, he’s on the Thorpe Award watch list. Within the program, there’s hope Smith will spark life into the return game.
You dropped one punt in the (Saturday) scrimmage. What happened?
I kind of relaxed too much because I was catching all the others. That’s the first one I’ve dropped since the start of camp. I was thinking, ‘Man, why’d it have to be today, when everybody’s watching.’
Do you think Bob Stoops’ confidence in you catching punts and kickoffs is growing?
I hope it is. I mean, I think it is. I’ve been here a year, and I’ve been trying to do this every day. So, I think as I catch on, it gets easier. I just have to focus on them. As soon as I relax, that’s when I drop it.
What’s going through your head when the ball is kicked and you’re standing there with your arms cradled, waiting to catch it?
I’m just thinking, ‘I hope I don’t get killed,’ because sometimes they don’t stop.