Let’s continue with cornerback Jerome Smith.
Smith and Chandon Sullivan developed into a solid tandem cornerback last season … when Smith could stay on the field.
His temper got the better of him a few times, most notably in the win over Georgia Southern. It’s something the redshirt sophomore recognizes and, as you will see below, is working to improve.
Smith led the team with 11 pass break-ups and had one interception.
Q: How’s your offseason going?
It’s going pretty well, pretty well. Guys are putting in good work, real work, just getting ready for Ball State.
Q: What was your goal for the offseason? What do you individually most want to improve upon?
A: My discipline, most definitely.
Q: Are you referring to the personal fouls?
A: Yes. I’m referring to them. Just staying in the game and helping my teammates.
Q: How you improve your mental discipline? Does it just come with age and experience?
A: Pretty much, pretty much. Pretty much just build on my freshman year and build it into my sophomore year.
Q: Are yall doing 7-on-7s yet?
A: Yes. Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Q: Who has impressed you in the 7 on 7s?
A: Aaron Winchester.
Q: What is his best throw so far?
A: Post route.
Q: But he’s not beating you, right? He’s beating Chandon (Sullivan)?
A: (Laughs). Neither. Aaron has improved.
Q: Of the wide receivers, who is impressing you?
A: Todd Boyd and Ari Werts.
Q: Ari had a good bowl game. I’m looking forward to seeing him this season. He’s got to be a matchup problem for yall with that big body.
Q: How do you try to defend a guy like Ari?
A: I try to get my hands on him before he comes out of the route. That’s about it. He’s got strong hands, really strong hands.
Q: What do you weigh? Everybody wants to know what yall weigh?
A: Yesterday I weighed 178. My goal is to be 185.