The Freshman Fifteen – Alex Smith

The Freshman Fifteen – Alex Smith

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The Freshman Fifteen – Alex Smith

MADISON, Wis. – Alex Smith had known for over 10 years he was going to play college football at a major university. On October 6, the 5-11 cornerback got to run out of the tunnel at Camp Randall Stadium ready to fulfill that dream.

Making his college debut under the lights in a win over Nebraska, Smith got his career started on special teams and has been building from there. Having played in three games entering this weekend at No.21 Penn State, Smith will likely play in one more contest and then shut it down for the season, retaining his year of eligibility under the new NCAA redshirt rule. That will be perfect for Smith, who gets a taste of college football to motivate him to compete for a larger role in 2019.

Back for a ninth season, we seek out the incoming freshmen to find out answers to on-the-field and off-the-field questions to get to know these Badgers better. Asking them 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

 What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Smith: I don’t think there’s been one particular thing. It’s about staying organized, staying on top of things. You’re living on your own now, so that’s a big change from high school to now.

What has been the big adjustment to playing at a program like Wisconsin and adjusting to this level?

Smith: I would say the only thing is game speed. Everything is faster, but the adjustment in fall camp didn’t take me long to get used to it.

How did you prepare your body for fall camp knowing you’d be going against older, more talented players?

Smith: I just worked with trainers in the weight room. I hit the weight room hard trying to get big, strong and fast as possible. I worked with track coaches. My DB coach from my high school, who went to Washington State, just getting with him to do some on-field work.

What do you think your strengths are and what are some areas you are trying to clean up moving forward?

Smith: I would say I am pretty good all around the board. Some things I am trying to work on is more lateral press coverage and things like that. I feel I am real strong in my keys and making plays

With the new redshirt rule, allowing players to play up to four games and still redshirt, you have played in three games to this point. Was that by design and what’s the plan moving forward for you?

Smith: It was just coming into fall camp and just working as hard as I can and see where everything went. Going week by week, just trying to get better. That was the goal. The goal now is to play one more game and redshirt.

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