Smith, who signed with Louisville as a quarterback, moved to linebacker shortly after arriving on campus. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Smith played last year as a true freshman, primarily on special teams. Now, Smith seems to have found a home on the defensive line.
Several of Louisville's top defensive linemen are sitting out this spring with injuries, including starting ends Greg Scruggs and B.J. Butler. Smith, an impressive athlete, has made the most of his opportunity this spring, drawing praise from defensive line coach Clint Hurtt.
"I think he's a dynamic talent," Hurtt recently told InsideTheVille.com "I think he's really special. He reminds me of some of the really good ones I've coached before. I think the kid has a chance to be really special."
Smith spoke with InsideTheVille.com after Wednesday's practice about his transition to a new position: