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Tuesday's Daily Briefing: Rusty Smith back on FAU campus teaching young QBs

It wasn't long ago that Rusty Smith sought help refining his throwing motion. Now Smith is passing that knowledge on to younger quarterbacks.

Smith, who combined his refined throwing motion with his experiences at FAU to become the first former Owl drafted by the NFL, is back in Boca Raton as a guest instructor at the FINESSE youth football camp held on campus.

Monday afternoon he teamed with another former FAU quarterback – current Owls quarterback coach  Jared Allen - to help young quarterbacks develop their skills (photo).

“I wouldn't say that I'm the most perfect example to learn from, but I have enough knowledge now that I can help out the next generation of quarterbacks,” said Smith. “I think it's good now because I'm learning from Jared, who has some coaching under his belt. I want to eventually get into coaching, and just listening to how he talks to the kids and teaches the kids, and what he knows, it's good to hear what he has to say.”

Smith has been trying to make the most of the extra time off provided by the NFL lockout. He's been working out with about 15-20 of his Tennessee teammates at a high school in Nashville. Titans players also organized their own mini-camp featuring about 50 players.

He even had the opportunity to meet with new Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer a couple times.

“I like him, he's a good guy,” Smith said. “I wish I was in there learning from him, but unfortunately we're not allowed to do that right now.”

Smith doesn't have the new playbook yet, but he's been told that the new offense will feature similar terminology to that of last season.

One plus from the lockout? Smith and wife Nicole were able to take part in the wedding of his former center, Nick Paris, this weekend.

It's also given him time to check out the progress being made on the construction of FAU's new football stadium. He toured the facility with Nicole on Monday.

“I think it's beautiful,” Smith said. “I hope that I can make it for one of the games this year, preferably the home opener, but  I really want to make it to one of the games so badly.”

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