Kirby defends the five-star early enrollee.
He also pushed back on how his comments a week earlier were portrayed when he said that Fields and the other freshmen were “hitting the wall,” during spring drills. He thinks some took that to mean that only Fields was being described that way.
“That kid is really not like that,” Smart said. “He’s very intuitive, he’s very smart, he picks things up well. So, that was like, someone blew that way out of the water. When I say, ‘hitting the wall,’ I mean there’s times where they kind of don’t do as well as maybe we’d like them to do. I was really talking about the other freshmen, not so much him. He didn’t have his best day after that either. But this week he’s been very efficient, made good decisions.”
I see. Whatevs. It doesn’t really matter until
G-Day QBR the opener rolls around, anyway.
On the other hand, this description on how some of Fields’ game might be held back in practice is pretty funny.
Fields is known to have an ability to make big plays with his feet—he was credited with 2,096 rushing yards in two years as a high school starter–but just like in other practices, the quarterbacks are not getting tackled in scrimmages.
That means a play he may have turned into a big gain will get whistled dead.
“So a lot of that falls on me and an official,” Smart said. “I try to be as fair as I can, but I get a bunch of shenanigans from the offensive sideline if I call it sack. They all disagree with me so I try to put it on the official.”
That’s why they pay him the big bucks.