1) Any update on Thomas Smith ? Will he be in Blacksburg this summer? If so, how does he figure into the WR rotation?
Chris Coleman: There is no word at this point. As with most guys, there will be no word until he gets through the admissions process. I believe he’s been taking classes at a community college, and he knew exactly what he needed to accomplish from a credits standpoint when he got there. If he took the right classes and passed them all, then he shouldn’t have a problem with the admissions department.
If he gets through the admissions process quickly, then he could enroll for summer school. If it doesn’t go quickly, or if the NCAA Clearinghouse drags their feet, then things might not get settled until the second summer session begins in July.
I always have a policy to not expect anything of true freshmen who had trouble qualifying. Making the adjustment to college can be difficult for a regular student. It can be even harder for a football player. He has to adjust socially like everyone else. He has to handle the rigors of football. And of course, he has to keep his grades up. That can be hard for those guys who had trouble qualifying out of high school, or in Smith’s case, did not qualify out of high school.
Smith has excellent size, and I think he’s a very good prospect for the Hokies. However, I think he should redshirt like most other freshmen as he adjusts to college football, college classes and college life.
2) Are you more or less confident about the 2013 season than you were before spring football? What things during spring ball changed those expectations?
CC: That’s a good question, and it’s a topic I discussed on The Best Seat in the House with Jay James last night. I think a lot of people try to base their predictions for the upcoming season off of what they see in...
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