August 18, 2008

Smith guarantees a big season

Rod Smith is not boisterous. He doesn't provide bulletin board material for his opponents each week.

That's what made his recent "guarantee" a bit startling.

"Man, I'm going to have a big season," said Smith. "I can guarantee that."

The proclamation seemed to surprise Smith himself, who paused and then reaffirmed his pledge.

"Yea, I guarantee that. I'm going to have a big season."

Certainly, in the pantheon of sports guarantees and call-outs, Smith's is barely a blip on the radar. But it's a good indication of how Smith feels about Auburn's new spread offense and its potential to light up scoreboards this fall.

And Smith has seen the confidence and anticipation building in his receiver teammates through the course of two-a-days.

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