Aldon Smith Says You'll See More From Him
COLUMBIA - In his first season on the field, Aldon Smith set a new standard for sacks at Mizzou. But he says he can nearly triple that total...don't doubt him.
He says he has some surprises for opponents and doubters this season.
"We knew this guy was going to be a good one," says junior wide receiver Wes Kemp. "People listen when he talks."
Senior defensive back Carl Gettis is aware of Smith's potential.
"He's one of the best D-ends in the country."
Aldon Smith marches to a beat of a different drummer...you can see it in his haircut.
"It's called the Gumby," says Smith. "Last year I did the hightop. This year it's the Gumby. I'm cutting it soon...I'll probably go to a mohawk or something like that. I just like to change it up a lot."
Smith does not fear change. When coaches devised a new scheme to put four defensive ends on the field at the same time, it meant an occasional move to the middle. Smith did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity.
"Let's do it. That was my first thing. I like playing anywhere on the field. I think I could play anywhere on the field. I've been blessed with that. Anytime they try to tell me to try out something new...I try to do it."
Gettis is amazed by Smith's power.
"I saw a rip move that he used on one of those guards and I was just amazed. It looked like he was just throwing a little kid out of the way. I couldn't believe it."
Smith feels that his position allows him to be the first to the ball.
"You're just that much more close to the ball. You're that much closer to the quarterback. You got a better chance of making the play before someone else."
Smith set the school single-season sacks record with 11 and a half last season. The goal this year is on a whole other planet.
"Get 30...that;s a number," Smith says. "30 sacks."
Gettis knows if there's any player in the nation that can do it...it's Smith.
"He really has a lot of potential. He's a great player, a great work ethic. He's the type of guy you want to have on your team."
But Smith says his appetite for life covers more than just quarterbacks.
"God has blessed me with the ability to play football, but it's not one of those things that I can't live without."
Smith lives his life showing he's more than just a football player...and a small tattoo next to his ear is a Spanish saying with a big meaning.
"It says "vas a ver" and it means you'll see," Smith explains. "You always want to show somebody something...a lot of times they might not understand at the time...they might not believe you, but eventually you'll see and that's what it really means. I'm going to prove my point and I'm going to show you what I can do."
Smith says he is pretty good in the kitchen too. His specialties are baking cakes, making jambalaya and hamburgers.