He's always been known as a bruiser, punishing linebackers near the goal line and a terror to bring down in the open field. But as Smith moves forward, with the NFL in his sights, he wants to be more than that.
“I believe I've changed a little bit,” Smith said. “Especially with the cuts I'm making. That's just one thing I was focusing on in the summer … You should (see some different kind of running).”
In theory, it seems like a positive for OSU. But Monken, unfiltered as always, doesn't necessarily see it that way.
“Too many moves,” Monken said of Smith. “He just needs to run and go downhill. That is true, Jeremy is working all these moves and he's not a move guy. He's a downhill, one cut guy. He needs to just go.”
But Smith has shown growth in another area — pass-catching — that Monken is happy about.
COWBOYS' UNIFORM PICKERS REVEALED
A key byproduct of having 48 different uniform combinations is selecting the group of players who will pick what the Cowboys wear each week.
Gundy said that four seniors — Brodrick Brown, Isaiah Anderson, Lane Taylor and Cooper Bassett — were selected for that job.
Was fashion sense a requirement? Not exactly, Gundy said.
“Just somebody that's got enough sense to make a decision and go on down the road,” Gundy said.
Last season, most of that responsibility fell on former quarterback Brandon Weeden, with a small group of seniors also giving input.
Each uniform the Cowboys will wear this season has already been selected.
LUNT EARNS POPULAR NICKNAME
Looks like Cowboy offensive lineman Jonathan Rush and the Rochester (Ill.) High School community have something in common.
They came up with the same nickname for Lunt.
“I just called him ‘Slim Jim' (while) messing around, because he's all gangly,” Rush said. “And then he was all, ‘You know, that's funny, because that's what everybody called me in high school.'
“And I was like, ‘OK, well it stuck.' I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who calls him that.”
By Gina Mizell, John Helsley and Anthony Slater