"It was huge. As far as leadership, experience and talent, those guys all have potential to go to the next level and they chose to stay here and help build on these three bowl wins we have," Smith said." I appreciate that because they are going to be helping me. We all have to lead this team together."
Smith said he was not that surprised all three came back.
"All of them can be even better with another year of experience. Those guys are great guys and they have their education in mind, too," Smith said. "I believe that good things will happen for them after this season."