"I have been waiting a while, and it was rough," he said, "but I finally got this weight off my shoulders."
Smith redshirted last year after coming from Cartersville High School, and he had to wait an additional two games to be activated due to an offseason arrest.
While in shape, Smith has some catching up to do in learning the offense, he said. Until this week, he hadn't had any work with the varsity this fall due to his suspension and an elbow injury.
"I think I'm way more physically ready than mentally ready," he said.