Smith hinted before a packed crowd that a true freshman could be the punt returner for Arkansas in Saturday's season opener against Jacksonville State and that there will be a change to the pre-game Hog Walk.
He wasn't ready to offer specifics on either.
It was expected that Dennis Johnson would be adding punt returning duties this season to his kick returning ones.
True freshmen tailbacks Jonathan Williams and Nate Holmes have been among the rookies working on punt returns.
"I still feel great about Dennis on kickoff return and Dennis will return some punts as well, but it is about having to bring some younger guys along and it is crucial for us at this point," Smith said. "Because Dennis is old. Let's face it, he is as old as I am, but we need some younger guys to start coming along in the return category and so that was part of the reason as well."
As for the pre-game Hog Walk, Smith reflected back to the ones he has been involved with in Fayetteville and Little Rock and notes he may be crying tears of joy as he participates in it on Saturday.
"The Hog Walk is special regardless of where you are," Smith said. "I don't want to say anything negative about our Hog Walk here because it is tremendous, but the Hog Walk in Little Rock goes for miles. It is like forever. It is an amazing Hog Walk.
"We are going to do some things a little bit different this year as far as the Hog Walk goes," Smith added. "We just want to appreciate it and let the fans know we appreciate you people getting out and appreciate us."
Smith was asked about All-SEC tailback Knile Davis and his first full contact in over a year. It came during Friday's mock game.
"Get the good guys to the game – it's a nice philosophy," Smith said. "But Knile vetoed it and he came out last week and said ‘Coach, I want to play, I want them to tackle me, I want to be hit, let me go.' And we did.
"He feels good about it, he took some hits, they took him to the ground and I think he is much more confident now and ready to go," Smith added. "You are going to come out and see him play and play well. He is a special kid."
Smith also noted that former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff had a conversation before the 2011 spring practice about how they were going to use Davis in pre-season camp.
"As a staff, I remember talking about it and Bobby saying ‘how much do we play Knile?'" Smith said. "And we were going, ‘we really don't need to play Knile much, we kind of know what he can do and let's hit him a few times and then get him out of there.' That was the consensus, that was the belief at that point."
As so it was the Razorback staff let him get some carries on Aug. 11, 2011 and he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
"And then he gets hurt the first carry," Smith said. "That is one of those things that you couldn't have foreseen, but that one of the things that was kind of in the back of your head this year and it was ‘let's just get him to the game.'"
Smith noted how happy he was to see the packed crowd at the NWA Touchdown meeting.
"If you didn't have this, if you didn't have this support, then how are you going to pay for the (players) to get an education," Smith said. "We are thankful that we have this kind of support. Some people call it pressure, but we are thankful. We just have to show appreciation to the fans that come out and show appreciation to us."
He said that the Razorback fans are narrow minded in a good way.
"The people in Arkansas can only see one thing," Smith said. "They are a little narrow minded and that's football and that's awesome. It is a little bit more of a way of life. This is the way we are here – it is all about the Hogs, it is all about football and that's neat."