We’re just going to make May 24th “Alan Cutler Day” on KSR. The ‘Stache recently sat down with Max Smith to discuss how the sophomore quarterback is approaching the 2012 season as the starter. Smith talked about a lot of things, including how he plans to be more of a leader in summer workouts. Speaking of leaders, Smith also said he’s trying to model himself after Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as far as being a student of the game:
(Smith) is sure that as a starting quarterback, he has to always be thinking.
“Tom Brady is thinking and Peyton Manning is thinking,” says UK’s starting quarterback as of Friday.
“It’s a huge thinking game. They are trying to play tricks on me, the defense. And Coach Minter is trying to get me and me and Coach Sanders is trying to get them back. It’s definitely a huge mind game out there.”
To be a student of the game, Smith has to first know Randy Sanders’ playbook like the back of his hand. He says that football is a lot more complicated than people think, and that it’s a lot of things that goes into being a successful quarterback.
This is your average play Max might call in a huddle.
“Deep roll X hawk even X drive.”
“It’s just one of our concept plays. I have a couple of guys I have to try and read and then I find whose open.”
From that foreign language, everyone is supposed to know what to do.
“It’s a pass play. They have to protect. We can run that play out of so many formations and different things are going to go on. It might be as simple as the set. But you have to listen to everything, so you know what formation you are in, and you have to know where you are supposed to go, whether you are running a corner or a post, or whether you have a basic or all that other stuff.”
Memorizing 100 plays and knowing where to go can be very tough. Football is much more complicated than the average fan realizes.
Really good stuff here from Smith and Cutler. Go take a look.
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