Interview: FS Carlos Smith

Carlos Smith has a "second chance" at playing his senior season here at Western Michigan University and he wants to make the most of it. He will be playing free safety this year and talks about his spring goals and what is was like watching from the sidelines the majority of the 2001 season. We get to know some interesting tidbits about Carlos off the field as well.

What are you working on this spring?
I'm working on my foot speed and aggression this spring. I'm going to be playing free safety and I just want to work on foot speed overall. I have the strength (385 bench) but want to be quicker.

What are you currently at for height and weight?
I'm 6-4 and 215 pounds right now.

Talk about the 2001 season?
It was the hardest thing to go through. I played here as a true freshman and it was very uncomfortable to not be traveling with the team or playing. I think there was some leadership needed last year and I think I could have been one of the leaders. We definitely caught no breaks last year.

Thoughts on the upcoming year?
We'll be back this year. I think this year is a MAC championship year. Actually if we do not win the MAC I'll be disappointed. I've played in two MAC title games and lost and it is time we win it.

How is the hamstring?
I am 100%. I had a bad pull, one degree below a tear and my leg was all black and blue so it was pretty bad. I actually think it was a blessing in disguise. I played as a true freshman and a lot of the guys I came in with red shirted so I'll be able to finish up playing as a senior with them. I think I'm going to cherish this year a little more than if I hadn't been injured. I know that beyond a doubt this is it and I want to make the most of it.

Why WMU?
I was recruited by most of the MAC as well as Indiana but on my visit I really felt the players and coaches here were best for me. My mother really liked Western the best and that played a big part as well.

I hear you helped us get Jason Malloy?
Yes, we come from the same area and I played against him in basketball but not football. I knew he was looking here and I had read about him doing well so I called him after I committed to Western and here we both are!

Are you looking forward to any game more than others this year?
I think the Michigan game is special to me because I grew up in that area. Everything you hear growing up is Michigan, Michigan, Michigan. Overall after sitting out last year I just want to play. I'm really looking forward to this year.

What are you majoring in here?
I'm a Marketing major and I graduate in December.

Have you taken on a leadership role on this team?
Yes, I want to take that role. I've been a captain on every team I've ever played on in any sport. I want to help us win in any way I can.

Who has stood out early this spring?
Greg Jennings is one. He is a legit 4.3/40 guy and I hear he has some serious jumping ability. I think he is one to watch.

What do you like to do outside of football?
I do a lot of volunteer work. I spend time at and elementary school helping a 4th grade class. Basically a teacher's aid. I'll take a student out in the hall and work on their paper with them. Anything that is needed. I also visit a retirement home and spend time with people there who might not get a lot of visitors. Jason Malloy and I have also spoken at some hospitals to at-risk kids that have drug abuse issues or they're not doing their schoolwork. Things like that. I enjoy it. I feel blessed that I am able to go through school free and not have a lot of debt when I am done. I like to give back when I can.

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