A: The Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, AL. Having bailed on the NFL scouting combine under suspicious circumstances, OT Andre Smith worked out for pro scouts yesterday with the AP’s John Reznor taking it all in.
œI was like, ™Wow, there™s a lot of teams represented here,™ the Outland Trophy winner said.
And they all had similar questions for Smith in post-workout interviews. Namely, why did he bolt the combine on the day offensive linemen were supposed to participate in drills, a decision that has drawn criticism and raised speculation about the resulting damage to the draft stock of a player once projected as a possible No. 1 overall pick.
œI just made a bad decision in leaving the combine, Smith said. œIf I had it to do all over again, I would handle it differently. I just made a bad decision in leaving, but I think I made a great football decision to get back and start working out with my trainer.
Smith admitted he was nervous about the scrutiny Wednesday. He repeatedly said he has leaned on his faith to weather the recent criticism.
œIt was difficult at the beginning, but I also have to realize I have a God who™s favored me throughout my career, so I just lean on God, he said. œNo one can take away what God has for me. That™s how I think about everything.
I’m gonna use the exact same spiel next Monday after I’ve failed to report for Travis County jury duty.