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Alex Smith: Offense Took Awhile To Master

SAN ANTONIO --- During mat drills at 5 a.m. in the first offseason of Coach Urban Meyer's two years at the University of Utah, Alex Smith was wondering who was crazier --- Meyer or Matt Balis, the barrel-chested strength and conditioning coach who was constantly in his face screaming at the top of his lungs? The yelling and screaming was bad enough, but what did wrestling linebackers or carrying rocks have to do with playing quarterback?

(First of two parts) Alex Smith was the good looking, California cool quarterback from San Diego, so smart that he had enough college credits to skip his freshman and sophomore years the day he stepped on the Utah campus. Yet he wondered: if I am so smart then what am I doing here wrestling linebackers at 5 a.m., getting screamed at for every little mistake and standing in line to puke into a big...

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