I've never seen a freshman like this, including Brad.
Brad's been waiting since January, and you can see it. There was no guy in our program more excited about the season getting here than Brad Smith. I think he wants to earn some respect back. ... He worked very, very hard. It's only one game, but certainly I think he ran the offense very well out there.
We're doing some significant things different on offense, but there is enough carry-over that it didn't phase him. It's just one game, but he was just so excited to get out there and have a chance to play quarterback again.
He has been preparing for this season since January.
There are certain things that you have to do to play that position.
They got the option going, and we were scrambling with that a little bit, then they play-action a little bit and come down with the ball. That's good play-calling and some good execution on their part.
It's going to be a great challenge for us and a real good football team, a team that's gone to three bowls in a row, is going to be here. They have a great scheme. They're attacking, they run, they're very physical. ... This will be a good challenge for our football team.
His first couple of years he was really hesitant to say a whole lot because I think Brad is really hesitant to push his beliefs and opinions on anybody, ... He just tries to live his life and do the right things. Certainly, you'd like to have a little more vocal leadership, and I think he's doing that this year. He feels more comfortable.
It's important to get back on a winning track. So it's a very, very big game.
That was a great effort by Chase. The guy's a winner.
I've known what his weight is every single day since I've been here.
We're certainly disappointed that we're still having problems in that area, because there's no question that it's hurting us.
You've got to be able to do things in order to get respect. You've got to be a good football player. That was first. And then he's got such great leadership qualities that that always just took care of itself.
I don't ever discuss the discipline things, although I'm very consistent with what I do.
You can't triple-cover a guy the whole time or you leave other people open. They're smart about how they do those things. But certainly he is an impact player, to say the least.