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Friday Top 10: Players Who Have Improved This Spring

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6. Josh Smith

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Smith’s 2014 campaign was cut short due to a severe ankle sprain that refused to heal, and this spring has been his first significant work since being medically cleared. Smith admits that he was a little sluggish to start, but has taken some real steps towards regaining his pre-injury form in the last two weeks.

Butch Jones has this to say about Smith after Tuesday’s practice:

“He came out and he attacked things,” Jones said. “Obviously he’s in better football condition, and I think that’s a byproduct of time, of practice. He played with confidence, caught the football and he was able to advance the football. He just played aggressively. Played like he played at the beginning of last season.

A player with an underrated skill-set, Smith has the ability to pile up big plays when he’s at or near 100-percent, and this spring has afforded him the opportunity to do so.

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