Edmond, Okla. five-star safety Reggie Smith (pictured above) talks with reporters shortly after…
Smith ready to get career started at OU
TS: Give me your impressions of your future team from what you saw in the spring game.
Reggie Smith: I thought the defense looked pretty good. Everybody on that side of the ball played really well, swarmed around and made plays, DBs and linebackers and D-line. Seemed like they were clicking.
TS: The secondary seemed especially aggressive during that game.
Reggie Smith: Right, they did. I've been watching them and slipped up to a few practices during the spring, just trying to figure out what they're doing. I think I'm learning it now. Knowing where to be at certain times when I'm supposed to.
TS: Where do you think you fit in to the scheme when you arrive for fall workouts?
Reggie Smith : I really couldn't tell you. I hope that I'll get in the rotation at free safety but if that doesn't work out, wherever I can help out the soonest.
TS: When are you going to arrive in Norman to start summer workouts?
Reggie Smith: Actually I'm moving down the fourth or fifth of June and start classes on the sixth. I hear the workouts are pretty tough. I'm just going to have to be ready and get prepared to work. They (the NCAA) have changed the rules, so I have to take six hours, three in each session, to be able to join the workouts and my scholarship starts when I move down.
TS: I know you had to get permission from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association to play in the U.S. Army All-Star game and still be able to run track.
Reggie Smith: Yeah, we had to protest and they let me run this year.
TS: How is that working out for you?
Reggie Smith: I'm doing pretty well. I'm just getting back from a strained hamstring but I'm running well. Today I ran the 100, 110 hurdles and 4 X 100 relay. That's probably my best event. I run a pretty good first leg. I'm still nursing the hamstring a little, so I didn't run as well as I can in the 100.
TS: How did you strain the hamstring?
Reggie Smith: I strained it in one of the meets when I was finishing up one of the 4 X 100 legs. I tried to stop a little too fast, I think.
TS: What are your expectations about playing right away this fall? Nobody wants to redshirt. Everybody wants to get right into the action.
Reggie Smith: Right. We'll see just how well I get in there and learn all the stuff, how well I progress. Hopefully, I can get in there somewhere, if not safety, then corner. And I'd like to help on punt returns, too.
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