Byron Smith: "I think I'll make a huge impact in this conference."
Smith: "My style, I play hard."
What do you think of the defensive tackle group as a whole?
What is the biggest adjustment between junior college and D-I ball?
Smith: "I'd say the size. At a JC it was alright. Here we have big offensive linemen and the speed is a little bit up. It wasn't too hard for me to adjust to it."
Do you like the pressure of having to be an impact player on the defense?
Smith: "Sometimes you don't but you have to deal with it. I'm dealing with it right now but it's not too hard, but I can handle it. I don't feel too much pressure."
How important was it to be here in the spring?
Smith: "It put me ahead. Learning the defensive scheme it helped me out a lot. Learning what to do. Learning that I have to be in my gap every play. There are a lot of things that it helped me a lot in the spring."
What has been the biggest adjustment for you?
Smith: "Listenting. The plays are changing every time. Before the ball is snapped things are changing. Coming from a JUCO, we said a play and that was it. We'd go and do it."
You took almost a year off from football. Do you think it helped you or hurt your development?
Smith: "It helped me out a lot. It helped me to sit back and think. To not take football for granted. That is what I am doing. I am playing football every play like it is my last play because the next day it could be gone."