Auburn, Ala.--A former quarterback signee, Jason Smith moved to wide receiver in the spring and immediate showed he had the talent to make an impact for Auburn's offense. Now more comfortable in the offense and ready to get on the field for the Tigers this fall Smith is a player to watch for the Tigers.
“In spring, his head was spinning a bit," Coach Gus Malzahn said of Smith. "We were playing him at half quarterback, half receiver. Now he had a good summer in the weight room. He’s gotten stronger, faster and he’s had a very good fall camp. He’s starting to understand how to play wide receiver and done some really good things.”
Being able to focus all of his time at wide receiver has been something that has helped Smith take a big step forward in his progress, he said. With fall camp to continue to refine his skills before facing Louisville in the season opener, Smith said for him it's all about being the best player he can be.
“Me really focusing at receiver, it helps me a lot just to get on YouTube or look at somebody’s film or highlights on routes and releases, stuff like that and then going out there in the summer in the off time with Jeremy and working on that kind of stuff, trying to perfect my craft," Smith said. "And working with (Ricardo) and working with Marcus Davis and those guys, it’s just helping me get better.”
With the ability to play outside and in the slot as a receiver in Auburn's offense, Smith is a player that could play a number of different roles for the Tigers this year. That's something he said is exciting for him and he's just ready to go.
“Yes sir, and I think the coaches put me in a great position," Smith said. "I’m just going to listen to what Coach has got to say. He’s been doing it for all these years and he’s been successful, so I’m going to listen to him and do what I have to do.”
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