San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith has certainly had a tough run the last few years and it looks like he could be turning his wild ride into one last year of eligibility in 2016. Since transferring from Kentucky, where he missed the equivalent of two seasons with injury, Smith has done a good job showing his worth to the team.
He is looking to get one more year of eligibility for this fall, but the Aztecs seem to have a bigger plan for him. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Aztecs want to use Smith in a much different role for the 2016 season as Christian Chapman, who took over for Smith last season, will likely maintain that role.
“Smith, who is completing a graduate program at SDSU, has been invited to serve in a “player/coach” role.
Long said it would give the Aztecs a “mature guy who can step in if we lose our starter.”
Smith does not want to comment on the situation until he decides what he wants to do. He has been spotted a few times watching spring practices.”
Head coach Rocky Long later added that since Smith wouldn’t be taking very many classes, they would allow him to sit in on staff meetings.
“Since graduate students only take a couple classes, we’d let (Smith) sit in staff meetings and offensive meetings and he would sit in all the quarterback meetings,” Long said. “He says he wants to be a coach, so that would help him to his goal of being a coach someday. He hasn’t decided he wants to do any of that yet.”
This could lead to Smith possibly landing a job with either the Aztecs or with another team somewhere in the country. It would make sense when you look at the success he had in his career.
He threw for 4,599 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career across four seasons at Kentucky and San Diego State. Before being injured last season, he threw for 1,529 yards and 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
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