San Diego State football coach Rocky Long said he would like to see quarterback Maxwell Smith return, although it doesn’t appear the graduate transfer is any closer to making a decision.
Long said last week that paperwork has been filed on Smith’s behalf with the NCAA asking for an injury waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. If the NCAA does approve and Smith does decide to return, Long said Smith would not supplant sophomore Christian Chapman as quarterback. Smith, who is completing a graduate program at SDSU, has been invited to serve in a “player/coach” role.
Long said it would give the Aztecs a “mature guy who can step in if we lose our starter.”
Smith does not want to comment on the situation until he decides what he wants to do. He has been spotted a few times watching spring practices.
“Since graduate students only take a couple classes, we’d let (Smith) sit in staff meetings and offensive meetings and he would sit in all the quarterback meetings,” Long said.
“He says he wants to be a coach, so that would help him to his goal of being a coach someday. He hasn’t decided he wants to do any of that yet.”