John L. Smith: Smile, or I'm not talking

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday September 17, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 17, 2012

It's not often a player's quotes are more noteworthy than John L. Smith.

But following Arkansas 52-0 loss to Alabama, quarterback Tyler Wilson - who didn't play due to a concussion - spoke after the game and said he saw his team give up. On Monday, Smith said he didn't have a problem with Wilson's comments.

"It was good to see him get up and talk. He's the spokesman of our football team," Smith said at his weekly press conference. "I think he's saying nothing more than we all have to be accountable, we all have to go to the field, we all have to get our jobs done. That's something that we talked about as a football team last night. We all have to be accountable. Let's go get it done. Playmakers make plays."

Smith's Monday presser didn't go off without the coach's charm, though.

You can watch Smith's presser right here.


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