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Holtz impressed with J’Mar Smith’s growth at quarterback

October 4, 2017 GMT

A year ago, Louisiana Tech got a real live chance to take a peek into their future. Redshirt freshman J’Mar Smith made the start at quarterback for the Bulldogs in their 2016 season opener after then-starter Ryan Higgins was suspended for a game. Bulldogs fans saw promise with Smith leading Tech to an almost upset of Arkansas.

Flash forward to 2017 and there have been some growing pains for Smith and the offense as a whole. The Bulldogs had to replace a lot of skilled weapons and some big guys on the line. But head coach Skip Holtz has been impressed with the composure. Nobody panics or flinches and he believes that all starts with the growth of Smith during this first half of the season.

“I think he is feeling more comfortable as a football player in this offense standing in the pocket with the ball under his arm protecting it and making the reads. With the number of receivers that are catching balls, it shows a little bit that he is really allowing the defense to determine where the ball goes. He is doing a really good job of reading defenses, not trying to force the ball, calling protections up front and controlling the offensive line. I like his growth,” explained Holtz.

Louisiana Tech dips back into conference play this weekend when they kickoff against UAB on Saturday.