Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:48 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Aug 10, 2012 1:55 PM
With the first scrimmage Saturday, the quarterback position will start to shake out for the Wildcats. Until then, True Blue fans will continue to think about who should start, even though we can't see what they are doing in either the practices or upcoming scrimmages.
Common sense tells you Max Smith should be much better in year two, both mentally and physically.
"I improved in the summer workouts in my speed," says Smith, who was listed as first string coming out of spring football. "I'm a little bit faster so it will help me get those couple of extra yards instead of getting caught from behind or something. My deep ball is better. My arm is a little bit stronger. And I know the offense and every single signal, so that's good."
Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said that as a freshman, Max didn't know what he didn't know. That's normal for player being thrown into the fire before he's ready.
"I was still in a heap of trouble last year. Coach is on me tough. That's good you know. That criticism that he puts on me, it's just going to help me in the long run. I feel like I have a much better grasp of the offense and that's going to be huge for us."
If Joker has a good idea who is going to be the starting quarterback, he's not saying. With the scrimmage on Saturday, the pressure is on all four quarterbacks.
"Ah no. I don't really feel any pressure. I just know I got to go out and do what I do best. Just play quarter back as best as I can and hopefully that will get me the start on September 2nd."
Which Max believes is the start of a run back to a bowl game.
"Because our offense is going to be much better than last year. I feel like we have a good scheme, a good plan with Coach Sanders. We can only go up. We were very bad offensively last year. We have a lot of guys back and I feel like we will go to a bowl game. "