Smith Fitting In Cajun Defense

Smith Fitting In Cajun Defense

Bernard Smith signed with the Cajun football program with high expectations. Smith is working through his first spring with the program and is starting to catch on to the defense.

Bernard Smith entered the Cajun football program as one of its most highly touted signees in the 2010 Class and much is expected from the three star athlete. Smith has shown he is not without confidence and that he can be an impact player on the 2010 Cajun defense. Reality for Smith this spring has been that there is a learning curve, transitioning from junior college to division one football.

"The biggest transition has been not just learning the assignments, but hustling to the ball on every play, even if the play is on the opposite side of the field. In junior college, you get after it, but once the play is away from you, you kind of slow down to catch your breath. At UL, they want you to play 100% all the time and everyone gets to the ball. If you tired, they will take you out in rotation, but as long as you're on the field you have to run to the ball."

For Smith, there is no place to hide because defensive coordinator Kevin Fouquier coaches the "Rock End" position. All eyes are on him during drills and full contact sessions.

"Coach Fouquier works with the "Rock End" position exclusively, so he is watching you throughout practice and in individual drills. Right now, Nat Douglas, Jessie Broadnax and I all play that position, and help each other. Nat has helped me learn a lot and we really get along well as teammates."

Bernard Smith has had to learn the assignments of the "Rock Position", including covering backs and receivers in open space.

"That's been a major transition for me dropping back in coverage, and covering backs and receivers. In junior college we focused on getting up field and outside containment, in our defense they as me to drop back in coverage like a linebacker at times. Covering backs and a receiver is an adjustment for me, but I've worked really hard on it and I feel more comfortable doing it as spring has progressed."

Bernard has also had to adjust to a full class schedule during his first semester in college.

"I decided to take only 12 hours my first semester to adjust to the demands of spring football and college academics. I'm doing good, working with my tutors and getting my class work done. It was just the right thing for me to do and allow myself some time to adjust from junior college."

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