Saks star Tre Smith looks to provide spark in NFL camp
KANSAS CITY —
Tre Smith made a sacrifice to get his college football opportunity.
He moved to defense.
Smith was electric with the ball at Saks High School. As a senior, he was named Class 3A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. But at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, most colleges wanted to move him to defense.
Smith committed to Central Arkansas, to play cornerback--and became an All-American. He was named to the All-Southland Conference team three times and the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
There's no coming back to offense, but Smith makes the most of his opportunities. He scored two touchdowns in college, one on an interception and the other on a punt return. He hopes to be a spark for the Chiefs return game in his rookie season.
"Because rookies make their names on special teams when the first get here, so they'll do whatever it takes on special teams," Smith said. "Me moving from offense to defense I want the ball in my hands so every time I get that ball I'm trying to score. I'm clinging on to it. I won't let them take it away from me."
The Chiefs rookie mini camp runs through Tuesday.