A career day against his home-state team. A script you couldn’t write any better for Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
“It felt real good. I just wanted to go out there and do what I could do, you know, show my skills, and just be able to put the team up,” Smith-Marsette said. “I just wanted the whole offense to go out there and play. I didn’t want to play outside of my frame, you know, I just played my role and did what I had to do. The whole offense came out and we executed on multiple plays.”
The junior wide receiver downplayed his 113-yard, two-touchdown performance after the win, but fellow receiver Brandon Smith says he knew facing Rutgers meant a little more to Smith-Marsette.
“You know, being from New Jersey, playing Rutgers, it was kind of like me playing Mississippi State last year,” Smith said. “So I understood where he was coming from.”
Smith-Marsette was publicly challenged by the coaches this spring. He responded and Kirk Ferentz says it’s because he’s raised his maturity level.
“He’s really turned the corner,” Ferentz said. “He’s enjoying being a guy out there that gives us good energy, a good lead in the group and setting a great example. He’s just been everything you would hope.”
“Whenever your number is called and you get a shot, take advantage of it,” Smith Marsette said. “I don’t feel as though there is any selfishness or anything within our team.”
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