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Smith knew he wouldn’t get playing time in a deep wide receiver group led by fifth-year seniors Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon.
“I expected to just be here for my teammates, just be that motivational guy on the sideline when things were down,” Smith said. “That’s what I did. I’m just proud of my guys. I love them.”
After Ohio State plays Washington in the Rose Bowl, it loses at least the three senior receivers. Juniors K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor could also decide to enter the NFL Draft. While freshman Chris Olave emerged as one of the team’s top young receivers, there will be plenty of chance for Smith to earn playing time in 2019.
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“I’m going to be ready,” Smith said.
Playing with the veteran receivers prepared him.
“I learned more than words can say,” Smith said. “The accountability, every day coming in knowing you’ve got something to work on.”