Q&A: Rashard Smith

Q&A: Rashard Smith

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State redshirt sophomore Rashard Smith has spent his career at cornerback but for the majority of fall practice he has been working at wide receiver. Smith discusses the position change and much more with Pack Pride in this Q&A.

NC State redshirt sophomore Rashard Smith has spent his career at cornerback but for the majority of fall practice he has been working at wide receiver. Smith discusses the position change and much more with Pack Pride in this Q&A.

What is it like to be back on the field after being injured?
I finally get a chance to come back and help them out, it feels great.

What do you remember about the Boston College game when you got hurt? How has that motivated you coming into this year after having sat out so many games?
The score, 52-20. That's not a feeling that I want to taste again. It's motivated me. It's goal-oriented. I've been driven ever since that day. I've been working hard in the training room, on the field, in the weight room, in the community just getting myself right. Coming out here at practice working hard, just making sure the team and myself will be ready to play on Saturday.

You haven't played wide receiver in college before, but you've played in games. How will that experience help you going forward?
Just being a college football player, understanding the concepts, understanding the other team, your opponents, and also understanding yourself. Just coming out making plays on offense, defense or special teams. You have to do what the coaches ask you to do and make plays.

Can you talk about going from competing with wide receivers every day to being a part of them?
It's a great experience, in between the lines if I'm the offensive side of the ball the defensive backs are our worse enemies, if I'm on defense, the receivers are the worst enemy. Outside the lines we're all brothers and one big family. We are going to go at it every day but we are also going to hug each other after the play.

Do you know some of the weaknesses of those defensive backs in practice? Does that help you a little bit?
Being a defensive back, you understand your teammates. I know all my teammates, it's not my place to say anything about their weaknesses or their strengths. We just come out here and play every day.

When you look across the line of scrimmage and see other defensive backs do you think it will help because you know some of the tendencies of the position?
It helps a lot being a defensive back and moving over because you can see and understand what your defense is running and you also understand what other defenses are running.

What was the rehab process like for you? Was it a tough time?
It was tough, waking up at 6 o'clock every morning, coming in five days out of the week. But knowing I had to get back on the field and do what's right to help my team out, that's all I was worried about.

What wide receiver has been helping you out the most in your transition to offense? What advice have they given you?
Our senior leaders, Jay Smith, T.J. Graham and Steve Howard and Quintin Payton have also been helping me. They just tell me to study the playbook, watch film and don't think. If you think too hard you are going to mess up, just go out and play.

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