17 Sep

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Jake Smith already making his mark for Texas football

Through the first three games of his college career, freshman receiver Jake Smith has 11 receptions, 126 receiving yards and three touchdowns (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s a sunny, late summer midday on the University of Texas campus and precocious, likable freshman UT wide receiver Jake Smith is doing what college kids do, busting up the sidewalk on the north side of Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on an electric scooter, passing other students who have no idea that last year’s Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year is the young man moving past them.

Smith is on a mission on the field as well, and already is making important contributions while drawing comparisons to the like of Jordan Shipley, who formed the mold for Texas slot receivers.

Smith, who has been on the 40 Acres since mid-July, is

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .