August 21, 2007

Quarterback Q&A

The University of Tulsa has a deep stable of quarterbacks, beginning with senior Paul Smith, the returning starter who has a chance of becoming the school's all-time leading passer. Junior David Johnson and redshirt freshman Clark Harrell are very capable back-ups. All three players recently answered some questions from ITS.

• PAUL SMITH

ITS: How does it feel to be one of the elders on the team?

Paul Smith: "It's funny. When you come in as a freshman, it's tough to see yourself as one of the older guys. Being 23 years old now and looking at some of the guys coming in, it is just hard to believe it has been almost five years now."

ITS: What are your expectations for your senior season?

Paul Smith: "It's exciting. There is a lot of pressure that I'm putting on myself, not only personally, but for the team, to lead us to not only another bowl game, but obviously another bowl win, because that has become our expectation. Coach Graham talks about being a Boise State and doing something like they did. I don't think it's ridiculous for us to think like that with the talent we have and the leadership. You've got to shoot for the stars, which I've said to many people. Why else are we out here if you aren't going to dream big."

ITS: How have you taken to this new offense?

Paul Smith: "Very well. I'm very comfortable thus far. Coach Malzahn talked to me early on about doing things that I did with my dad in high school. Obviously, that's as comfortable as I've ever been in a system. Knowing that he had that mindset and put a lot on my shoulders, I'm very comfortable right now."

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