Auburn, Ala.--Though things have not gone as planned for Jason Smith after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to Auburn, Smith says he is looking to make the most of his senior season with one goal in mind: “I just want to win.”
The 6-1, 190 quarterback turned wide receiver and his teammates are looking to improve on last year’s 8-5 record. “I have not won a championship during my whole time of playing football and I want a championship,” said Smith, whose team will play its annual spring football game on Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT.
Smith and walk-on Jaylen McGriff are the only two senior wide receivers on the 2017 roster. While noting that he is trying to be a leader of the receivers group, he said, “Everyone has a say. When someone needs to speak, everyone knows the floor is open. Everyone has respect, not just seniors.”
With the Tigers expected to throw the ball more frequently than in recent years with new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey on board, Smith notes that the receivers and the offense as a whole are still in the developmental stage.
“When we come together and make plays, only one person has to make the play,” Smith said. “Then we will have the whole offense going. When we get going it will be a lot of trouble for other guys in the league.”
The Tigers went through their second major scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Smith noted that a couple of young receivers did well.
One of those guys, redshirt freshman Marquis McClain, had one of the longest plays of the scrimmage on a pass reception. “When he calms down and gets comfortable, he’s going to be dangerous,” Smith predicted. “His physicality and his speed is great. He’s 230 pounds and can run a 4.3 as a big receiver. He’s the biggest receiver we’ve got ”
Another 2016 signee, Eli Stove, did well in scrimmage two, according to Smith. “Eli did really good,” the senior said. “He focuses on the details. He looks at his mistakes and corrects it on the field.”
As for critiquing himself, Smith said, “I think I’ve been doing pretty good. I’ve just got to stay focused and be a go-to guy.”