Tell me what you think about kicker Alex Tejada – and do it quickly.
"When Coach Petrino brought me in here, he said evaluate as best you can," Smith said. "Go look at film, take a look at our guy, see what you think, what do we need to do? Do we need to go get a kicker?
"After an evaluation in a short period of time, he asked me and I went to him and said ‘I think our kicker is going to be okay and I think we can do it,'" Smith said. "He just needed to kick some, learn to swing it a little better, learn a little bit of technique."
Tejada, the former Springdale High star who was inconsistent during his sophomore season after a very good rookie campaign, has so far rewarded that confidence.
He lined up and booted a 48-yarder true and with plenty of distance during Saturday's scrimmage.
"I feel great right now," Tejada said. "Coach Smith has given me a lot of confidence. He's been great since he has been here."
Tejada, who set a school record with 109 points as a freshman while going 17-of-23 on field goals and 58-of-60 on PATs, has been working with Smith and graduate assistant Marty Biagi.
"We have been working a lot together, him and I and Coach Biagi," Tejada said. "We have been looking at film and not only as a kicker, but that is helping out with snapping and holding. We want to be complete all the way around.
"It all starts with Rhett Richardson snapping," Tejada said. "Austin Tucker is our holder right now and we are just going to have to keep working every day. It comes down to us. We have to be perfect every time we hit the field and that is what we are working for."
Tejada was just 4-of-9 on field goal attempts as a sophomore, 20-of-21 on PATs and lost his job during the season.
He did regain it and made his only attempt in the season-ending upset of LSU.
"Last year was tough, but it wasn't a complete loss," Tejada said. "I learned a lot about myself, about the team and how to handle the situation. That is in the past.
"John L. Smith has helped a lot," Tejada added. "He is a good fit for our staff and he has done a lot to help our special teams all get better."
Tejada had a knee problem that he suffered last summer and some thought that was the reason he wasn't as accurate as earlier.
"I am not going to make excuses," Tejada said. "Whatever it was, it is in the past. Right now we are looking at the moment and moving on forward. There are still a couple of things I want to work on and just keep being humble while I do and keep coming to work every day."
Smith said he didn't see Tejada's struggles as physical.
"His problem is not physical," Smith said. "He has got a big leg. He just has to learn how to swing the leg. I think he is learning that and he is becoming much more confident. It's just like a golf swing. If you have confidence you are going to hit it the right direction."
Tejada also seems comfortable with Richardson and Tucker.
"I think he has gained confidence in his holder and his snapper," Smith said. "They have worked a lot together and I like what I see. His leg is big enough to do whatever he wants to do. It is just a matter of how he grows from here on out.
"From talking to him, he has not had a lot of people working with him," Smith added. "He is just kind of a self-made man. I like what I see. I really do."
Arkansas is also working freshman Cameron Bryant as a field goal and PAT specialist.
Bryant made his only attempt on Saturday, a 27-yard effort.
"I like Cam," Smith said. "Cam has a nice swing. His swing is pretty. He just has to become a little bit more consistent on plants and some things like that, but he is very capable as well. I don't know that his leg is as big as Tejada, but his leg has a real sweet swing to it."
Tejada and Bryant are at a high-pressure position.
"Kickers are put in the spotlight," Smith said. "Nobody pays any attention to them until it is time to kick the three points or the one point. Should you goof that up, boy oh boy, they (the fans) want your head and you hear about it. They are in a tough position, no doubt, but those guys have to come through."
Tejada had a chance to win the Mississippi State game for the Razorbacks last season, but came up short on a last-second field goal after his team had rallied.
Not only was his picture of dejection in the newspapers and on TV, but he also got a lot of verbal abuse from fans.
"It was a low point – I am not going to lie," Tejada said. "But you have got to remind yourself that it is just a game. You are doing it for fun. My family really helped out a lot. You've just got to keep things in perspective. It just happens that if you make a mistake in my position, it is more costly. Other guys can make mistakes on one or two plays and it's not that big a deal, but it sure is when you are a kicker."
So it's best to just take every kick in practice or games as the ultimate one, according to Tejada.
"Every time it counts and it is going to count big," Tejada said. "That is what we really learn – (in) practice, on your own, (or) game time, you have to just come out here and be perfect every time and be focused."
Arkansas did sign a punter, junior college transfer Britton Forrester, who kicked for Hawaii as a true freshman.
"He could back up at kicker because he has done some of that, but mostly we signed him as a punter," Smith said. "When we got through the evaluation, I told Coach Petrino we definitely need a punter. We have got to go find a guy."
"This is a guy that is a junior college kid that has kicked at Hawaii so at least he has been in the spotlight a little bit," Smith said. "It is not like hanging your hat on an 18-year-old coming out of high school, which is sometimes hard to do as a punter."
In the meantime Steven Barnett and Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett are getting work during punting drills.
"Mallett could be a punter going in if we had to have him do it," Smith said. " He has great hangtime and great flexibility and a great leg. If he would work at it, but he spends a lot of time working on the throwing so he doesn't have a lot of time to work on his kicking."
Smith notes there would be both an advantage and a disadvantage in having Mallett as the punter.
"That is something you want to be leery of as a coach," Smith said. "Basically you'd have your offense out there in the shotgun and they wouldn't bring anybody and he would just kick it. But then you would also have to worry about them just trying to hurt him. We'll just see how everything goes."