Jake Smith

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Chinstrap, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. Chinstrap

    Chinstrap 500+ Posts

    Anyone know where he was yesterday? I know that he has made some mistakes as a freshman, but I take this kid’s upside over a ton of receivers in D-1.
    I like him a lot!

    Also, what were the false rumors printed that Tom was talking about in his post game pressor?
  2. Run Pincher

    Run Pincher 1,000+ Posts

    The false rumors may have been about Jake entering the portal, other transfers, recruiting, etc. There's always plenty of them after a loss, like a snowball.

    Jake seems to have hit a freshman wall mid-season with some drops and fumbles, but again he's only a freshman. He'll overcome.
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  3. wadster

    wadster 5,000+ Posts

    Jake will be a 80 catch guy next year. He needs to stay patient as he's got 3 years as one of the primary receivers. We've shown we're going to throw it to the slot guy over and over. Also think he ends up being our punt returner. He'll learn.
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  4. OrangeShogun

    OrangeShogun 250+ Posts

    It's not just the drops and fumbles, he's also running wrong or incomplete routes, one of which contributed to a pick vs. TCU. We all love the kid, but he's not yet ready to make a positive contribution.
  5. dukesteer

    dukesteer 2,500+ Posts

    I found it odd that he didn’t see the field yesterday or if he did, I missed it.

    If indeed he is unhappy — yes, one of those locker room rumors — that would be very troubling. I guess I can understand homesickness. If that’s it, he needs to grow up. If it’s dissatisfaction, I see a problem because this kid has been given every opportunity to play and succeed.
  6. mchammer

    mchammer 5,000+ Posts

    Jake played at least one time. It was the play where Collin Johnson was interfered in the end zone. I was watching him. I think he was open, but there was a safety who likely could have gotten to him.
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  7. BurntOrangeLH

    BurntOrangeLH 2,500+ Posts

    When Colin and Duvernay are in the game, and it's going to be hard for anyone else to get time except at Y receiver.

    I think Kennedy Lewis might be redshirted for the year because he wasn't really in full pads on the sidelines.
  8. X Misn Tx

    X Misn Tx 2,500+ Posts

    We can't have these young guys (and Burt) getting too many targets of they don't run good routes and don't have consistent hands.

    I have no problem with them feeling frustrated,but not giving in to them. You earn targets with good routes and you quit dropping catchable balls.
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  9. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    I too looked for him several times at slot but missed it if he was in there. Definitely noticed he was not catching punts.

    Also noticed Whittington did not play and Roschon only got about 5-7 touches. Guess Ingrahams good play is keeping others out...
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  10. mchammer

    mchammer 5,000+ Posts

    Roschon played quite a bit, maybe more throws during his possessions.
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  11. LAGA4

    LAGA4 250+ Posts

    Wonder if they are going to redshirt Whittington?
    Hasn't he only played in one game?
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  12. zuckercanyon

    zuckercanyon 1,000+ Posts

    I'm not sure Jake Smith is as awesome as advertised but could be proven wrong in the future....
  13. caryhorn

    caryhorn 5,000+ Posts

    Jake Smith, a true freshman, is playing behind some outstanding receivers. He is as good as advertised, which is a high 4 star recruit. He will improve significantly as all talented players do, between freshman and senior years.
    Ricky Williams was not a Heisman winner his freshman year, nor was Earl Campbell. They were good and got much better. Smith has had good moments too. Scored Td's in multiple games.

    Please try to be patient, and remember context, and history about what comes with maturity and experience.
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  14. Chinstrap

    Chinstrap 500+ Posts

    I think he is every bit as good as advertised. There are some intangibles that he appears to have along with a very high level of athletic ability.
    I am a big fan. D-1 football at this level is a really big stage and a major step up from his high school. Support him. You will be glad that you did.
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  15. zuckercanyon

    zuckercanyon 1,000+ Posts

    It'll probably be the Jordan Shipley thing. I never thought he was that great until he returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the OU game in 2008. 2004-2007 were injuries and 'meh' stats/results. Then 5th year heroics (he was 22) and then 2009 with Quan (106 years old), showed their experience against younger competition. Jackson Shipley wasn't as big physically and had good results when Texas went south under Mack. Jordan & Quan sure made Colt look good in 08/09. Sure handed 30 year olds getting open....joking but my perception of history.
  16. moondog_LFZ

    moondog_LFZ 1,000+ Posts

    How is the HS National Player of the Year not 5 stars?
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  17. Ajo Macho

    Ajo Macho 250+ Posts

    My guess:
    HS National Player of the year is based on your performance at the HS level
    5 stars is based on your potential at the college level

    For similar reasons, not every college all-American is a first-round pick, not every Heisman winner is picked first overall, and so on.
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  18. HTownBevo

    HTownBevo 100+ Posts

    I like Jake Smith a lot.
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  19. Handler

    Handler 100+ Posts

    did Herman get asked about him at the PC?
  20. caryhorn

    caryhorn 5,000+ Posts

    his rank was the highest 4 star, just a tenth of a point below the five star.

    Also, different ranking services make different assessments.
  21. wadster

    wadster 5,000+ Posts

    Me too, and I think he leads the team in receptions by a large margin next year if he'll just be patient. It's all teed up for him. Just have to wait for the cake to bake dude. Stay we need you and you'll excel in this offense.
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