“Last year, we probably force-fed Dak on a little bit more, being a young player. Dak's played in games, has experience. He's thrown touchdown passes. He's run for touchdowns in SEC games in big environments. As far as trying to make sure he has that experience early on, that's not as critical.
“It's just he'll be ready to go — be ready to be the backup quarterback and be ready to run whatever package he has.”
SMITH APPRECIATIVE OF YURCICH'S COACHING STYLE
New Cowboy offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is still an unknown to those outside of the program, but players have started to get used to his personality traits and coaching style.
So far, running back Jeremy Smith has enjoyed Yurcich's approach.
“During the spring, I didn't really hear him speak much. Now I hear him speak just a little bit more,” Smith said with a laugh. “He's just one of those guys who he's not going to ask for much. He's going to say, ‘I want this. I want it this way. Either you can give it to me this way, or I'll find somebody else who can do that.'
“I really, really, really like the approach. You don't have to curse anybody out or anything like that. It's just football. Either you can do it or you can't.”
Anything else outsiders should know about Yurcich?
“We caught him jogging a couple days ago,” Smith said. “It was right over there on campus. He was looking pretty funny. He swings his hands a little bit.
“I think him and Coach (Mike) Gundy are like the funniest people to watch running. Coach Gundy just turns red like he's about to pass out or something. But at least they're getting their jogs in.”