Like Peterman, Smith had a rough 2013 season. Most fans didn’t realize how banged up he was last year. He played with an injured finger and torn meniscus for much of the season but was forced into action due to a lack of depth. He got cleared right before spring practice started and had to play catchup for much of the spring semester. The receiver corps looks to be the deepest and most talented position on the team this season and Josh Smith is challenging for a starting spot. He’s been catching everything thrown his way this fall and has consistently found a way to get open against a solid Vol secondary. Whether he starts or not, Smith looks ready for a breakout year.
Quotable: “I have never batted an eye on Josh Smith. Josh Smith is going to be a very good player here. He’s what we’re looking for as far as skill set, quick-twitch, very, very tough. Football is very important for him. I think the sky is the limit for Josh – I’ve always said that. He had a rough year last year … we worked those kinks out, he got that knee fixed, and we’re on. Slow but sure, I think he’s doing really well. I don’t want to get ahead of the game, but he’s being a consistent guy right now making some plays for us.” – Vol WR coach Zach Azzanni