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Ryan touted Buyck's "tremendous arm," while noting Smith has grown a lot physically and his athletic ability.
The pair are friends, and Buyck helps push Smith with coverage reads. In turn, that brings Smith into the playbook more to understand what Buyck sees.
Smith's footwork stands out.
"His footwork is phenomenal," Buyck said of Smith. "That pushes me to make myself better at moving."
Four-year varsity running back Jonathan Alstott will remain a force to watch on the offense that will likely feature some spread concepts. The Knights' offensive line returns two starters in senior center Jackson Clark and left tackle Drew Hahn.
Wide receivers Max Gagne, Chris Angelotti and Colton Doll figure to pick up the slack left by graduated standout Josh Marczuk, who showcased big-play ability as a Class 5A All-State pick that had 774 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
"[Doll] can just catch anything," Smith said. "[Gagne] is fast and can break some coverages."
"[Angelotti] has the ability to get open; he's really good at catching," Buyck added. "I like all of them."