June 29, 2005
Albany - The end of June means it will only be a couple of weeks before NFL teams open training camp.
One player who is ready for the 2005 season is Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker Daryl Smith.
Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio says that the former Georgia Tech linebacker's rookie season was the best of any in the Jaguars 2004 draft class.
In his first season, Daryl Smith was ninth in the team in tackles even though he was primarily used on first and second downs only.
The potential of Daryl Smith is one reason why Coach Del Rio brought in Georgia defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder to coach linebackers with the Jaguars.
It is hard to believe that a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and Georgia Bulldog could work together but the Dougherty High product says he is learning a lot from his new position coach.
Daryl Smith said "As soon as he came in, he had watched film and he told all the linebackers this is what you need to work on. For the whole summer we have just been working on the small things that come into the big picture and make you a better player."
Daryl Smith and the rest of his teammates report to training camp on July 29th. The Jaguars first workout is the next day at their practice facility adjacent to Alltel Stadium.