Melick: Andre Smith gets introduced to the real world

The “yes” years are over for Andre Smith. You know, the ones he’s lived in for most of his life. The years in which all the big guy with the big football talent ever seemed to hear was the word “yes.”
As in, “Yes, Andre, we desperately want you at our school” and “Yes, Andre, you can start at left tackle immediately” and “Yes, Andre, you look fine at that weight” and, ultimately, “Yes, Andre, you can do that.”

Now, the big left tackle from Huffman and the University of Alabama is finding out what it’s like to have someone tell him “no.”

al.com
2/23/09