"I have improved by just spending time in the film room and making sure I took care of the basics," Smith said. "Coming from the programs I came from, I wasn’t really taught to look at the minute things.
"It was more look at the bigger picture and just run. I have been having to tailor my style of running to a certain point and looking at the smaller details to make my game better."
Despite not having much success at UNLV, Smith does not feel he has anything to prove.
"It’s a little different because it is my first game of my last season," he said. "That and UNLV. I just came from there and I know they have something on me, but it is just another game at the end of the day.
"I don’t have anything to prove to them. They know what I can do. I just think they want me bad and it is what it is."
Motivation goes both ways and the Runnin' Rebels could be looking forward to facing Smith just as much as he is looking forward to facing them.
"I know they are coming after us with some heat because of what happened last year, but it’s going to be a game," Smith said.
"Personally I love that and wouldn’t want it any other way. I know they are pissed off at me and will come after me. I am going to give it all I have and I am surrounded by good people.
"It is going to be a good battle and they have some good players. I am ready to play and so excited about it."
Smith has not done much talking with his former teammates and has a good idea of what his mentality will be like before the game.
"I have been too busy focusing on football here because it is a tough job," he said. "Learning this playbook is a tough job, so I have not really had time to have too many interactions outside of football.
"I have a few jitters, but I am good after the first play. I don’t think I will have that against UNLV though because I know what they have."