As senior Andre Smith takes the field this fall he will be looking at things from a different perspective. Smith spent his sophomore and junior year at the tight end and wide receiver position, but after Phillip Butterfield's injury last week, Smith was moved the quarterback position.
Quarterback isn't a new position to Smith. He originally started off on the team as a quarterback his freshman year, and was actually planned to take some snaps this year in the "rabid wolf" formation — Arkansas State's version of the "wildcat" formation.
We spoke with Smith and asked him how he thought the transformation was going to becoming a full time quarterback on this offense.
"I feel like it's going fairly well. I kinda did a little bit of it during the spring and the year before when Freeze first got here. It's really just getting the rust off and getting the timing back down and getting the reads right."
Arkansas State had its first scrimmage this past weekend and it gave the players a chance to see where they are at as they headed into their second week of practice.
"I think as a total team we need to improve on consistency. We have days when defense is on and we have days when the offense is on. So I think we need to improve on consistency overall, and that's what we needed last year too," Smith said.
Heading into his senior year, Smith notices that this year's team has a different feeling than last years.
"I feel like there is a more serious vibe in the locker room. It was a little like that last year but I don't think the focus was totally there. And with this team you can see it."
You can catch Smith and the rest of the Red Wolf football team in action this Saturday as Arkansas State Football holds Fan Appreciation Day starting at 10:30 a.m., which will include festivities for the whole family to enjoy along with another scrimmage as the team finishes off its fall camp.