Legend defensive end counts on hard work

Cam Smith put in hours over summer perfecting techniques

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One of the things Cam Smith set out to improve this summer was his football techniques.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Legend senior defensive end worked hard to accomplish that.

“For me personally, my goal is to keep developing and keep getting bigger,” said Smith. “I hope to be around 245 by the end of the season. I have gotten bigger than last year and my technique is a lot better after all the work over the summer.

“It was very repetitive, just going over things over and over until you get it down. I was working on flipping my hips, opening up and all that and just working on flexibility.”

Smith is considered one of the better defensive ends in the state this season.

Key stats:

In the season opener against Ponderosa, Smith made five solo tackles

Coach's take:

`He's just a hard-working young kid. He plays really hard, mostly on defense as a defensive end. He's bigger and faster than he used to be. He has put in a year's worth of work and it shows.'

Monte Thelen

Legend football coach

Q&A with Smith

What's your favorite thing about being a defensive end?

Chasing down the quarterback and getting a sack. A big hit feels great all the time and three and out feels great and just turning the game around for our offense.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Rob Gronkowski, because of his work ethic. He is always working hard and his personality attracts me.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

My dad (Glenn). He pushes me. He knows I love the sport and he loves the sport. He's supported me and been an influence to keep me motivated.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

Just shutting down the other team the whole game and taking away their confidence. Whatever that means, getting some sacks or just keeping them from scoring and getting first downs.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

U.S. history. I just kind of love learning about it. It is intriguing to learn about our history and the history around the world.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I love to fish. If I am not practicing football, I'm either eating, sleeping or fishing.

What are your plans after high school?

Go to the University of Wyoming and play football. I am planning on majoring in sports marketing.

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