Q&A with Will Smith
Feb. 28, 2012
Junior linebacker Will Smith is a junior college transfer from Riverside Community College in Riverside, Cali. Smith took time to talk about he has been doing in the early stages of spring football.by Alexandra Ellis
Texas Tech Athletic Communications
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: You're one of the new junior college transfers. How have you been settling in?
Will Smith: It's going pretty smooth. I like it out here, and I think it's been a pretty good adjustment. I just need to get used to things and get focused more and pay attention to details.
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: After the first scrimmage of the spring, coach Tuberville said that you have really been impressing him this spring.
WS: I thank God for that. It's really important to me to come out here and impress people. For me, it's just doing my own thing and making sure I'm handling my own business. And if handling my own business is impressing them, then I'm okay with that.
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: You came out here with two of your team mates from Riverside Community College [Riverside Calif]. How has that chemistry been?
WS: Yeah we're still close. We vibe off each other. I see SaDale [Foster] breaking and running all the time. I'm happy for him. The two of us have been going at it since we were seven years old. Lee [Adams] is also out here and is working hard, and he's doing his thing.
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: What do you bring to this team?
WS: I'm just trying to bring a lot of aggressiveness and toughness. It takes a whole team, but if I'm the one missing piece, then I'll just try to do what's best for the team.
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: What are some of the biggest challenges you're facing transitioning from a junior college to Division I has to be a big jump for you.
WS: From the junior college I came from, it was very competitive. We were undefeated this past year. Everybody was competitive, so it's the same mentality here, except there's just a lot bigger and stronger guys, and they're faster, too. So I'm just trying to get into the right mentality, and make a play every single day.
Texas Tech Athletics Communications: You share a name with a world famous movie star. What is that like?
WS: Oh, my team mates mess with me about that all the time, from "Hancock", to "I am Legend', our quarterback, Seth [Doege], calls me that. It's funny, though. I get all kinds of nicknames.