Many expect Texas State wide receiver Brandon Smith to be a major contributor in 2013.
How could they not after seeing what Smith did as a true freshman last year? Smith started every game in which he appeared — including the season opener against the University of Houston — and became one of the most reliable targets.
Over the last three games, Smith hauled in 11 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Smith had 21 catches for 226 yards and a pair of scores.
“He had an outstanding freshman year,” said Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Thursday. “Just the fact that he started from the first game on is a pretty special statement.”
Smith continued to impress in the first few practices of spring camp as he turned defensive backs into pretzels and made difficult catches look effortless.
Then Smith disappeared.