Smith excited to be back in starting role

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

Zach Smith was announced as the new starting quarterback Monday. Baylor has started the season 0-2, but remains positive.

"I think this what our kids need right now honestly", Rhule said.

Matt Rhule didn't leave a successful program at Temple because he thought he'd waltz into Ba...

The Bears have opened the season with two games at home. He is responsible for Baylor's only victory since October 15 of last season, hitting 28-of-39 throws for 375 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-12 win over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl last December.

"I thought we played a much better game than last week from a defensive standpoint", Johnston said. "I'm light years ahead". I think those struggles on offense last week really come back to me not letting Jeff and those guys do what they want to do.

Smith hopes to give the Bears the spark they need to win their first game after a season-opening 48-45 loss to Liberty and a 17-10 loss to UTSA.

"We had a really good camp and we go out there and we don't play our best football", Smith said. I know what this team needs.' They need someone telling them to get lined up and let's go that way. "We're young. We're still trying to get through the cracks". However, Smith can move quicker than he did last season since he's lost weight and is no longer playing on an injured ankle. This week, the Bears travel to Durham, N.C., to face a 2-0 Duke team. The Blue Devil defense was particularly impressive in last Saturday's 41-17 win as it limited Northwestern to 191 yards total offense while forcing three turnovers and collecting four sacks. "Mims is emerging as a big play threat". "We've got to be grown men out there". I've watched for two games.

Rhule said the most important thing is to push positivity on his players in the midst of a regular season losing streak that has now reached eight games dating back to last season. "I think winning would really help them, but they're making the most of the lessons they're learning, which is why I think we'll have a championship culture from it". He limped around the whole spring. "He can move around and scramble a little bit". He's ready to prove that to his teammates and fans Saturday in his first start of this year.

"I've got some experience coming in, and I've really been preparing hard these last few weeks, and I'm going to prepare hard this week", he said.

Smith will line up behind sophomore center Sam Tecklenburg who replaces freshman Ryan Miller. "I just felt like Ish had tremendous energy on the sidelines going back and watching the film, and I think right now we need some senior leadership".

Saturday's game will be televised by the ACC/Raycom Sports Network and aired regionally by Fox Sports Southwest. But Rhule is looking forward to the challenge.

Rhule is excited for this opportunity. "I think this is what our kids need, to be quite honest".

The returning players on the team have only won one game since October 19, 2016. Go play. I see the weight of the world on them and I tell them, 'Go play. "And he's doing that, so he deserves a chance to go play".

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