5 good questions with Bear River QB Austin Smith | TheUnion.com

5 good questions with Bear River QB Austin Smith

Bear River quarterback Austin Smith rolls out to pass during a practice Tuesday at J. David Ramsey Field. The Bruins host a scrimmage against Nevada Union and Mesa Verde Saturday and kickoff the season Aug. 29 against Pacheco.
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After patiently waiting on the sidelines during his Bear River junior campaign, Austin Smith’s time has finally come to take snaps as the starting quarterback.

The senior will be called upon to not only execute the offense effectively, but to be a leader and hold the team together. With little playing time under his belt at the varsity level he is chomping at the bit to get out on the gridiron and prove himself.

At the end of the season, success can be measured in wins and losses or even statistics, but numbers surely don’t tell the whole story to how far a team has come. Equally important, however, is how Smith and the Bruins mature as a band of football brothers. Players filling key roles have the opportunity to make a name for themselves, but they also have the ability to make others shine around them.

Ask Smith, and it’s evident that the highs outweigh the lows when it comes to dropping back in the pocket.

The Union: What are you most excited about for the upcoming 2014 season?

Smith: I didn’t get to play a lot last year. I was in the shadow behind Duncan. I’m ready to get out there and show them what I can do, complete passes, score some touchdowns and win some football games.

The Union: What’s your favorite play?

Smith: Me and Ryan (Wagner) run a boot nine and go. It’s a pattern he runs. We like to hook up. It’s been a privilege playing with Ryan. We’ve been playing together since we were 6, 7 years-old so we’ve always had that connection. We’ve always dreamed of playing varsity so now it’s here.

The Union: What did you do off the field this summer?

Smith: I’ve been working out a lot, improving strength and trying to get the mechanics back and get back into the motions. All of us go hangout at the river or the beach and do our thing. We all help out with coaching the little guys too.

The Union: What should your opponents fear about you?

Smith: I like throwing the ball deep. I’m letting them fly, letting loose. Our running game is going to be huge too. We have really good backs and (junior) Kyle Uclaray is one of them.

The Union: What’s most satisfying about putting in the work and getting to see it pay off?

Smith: It’s just being able to get out there with the guys, doing, playing the sport that we love. At the scrimmage we’ll get out in pads, pass, run the ball and hopefully not have too many turnovers.

Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.

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