TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Andre Smith set about trying to repair
his reputation the same place he worked to build it: On Alabama's
Smith worked out for representatives of every NFL team at the
Crimson Tide's pro day on Wednesday, doing the drills he had
earlier skipped with an unannounced departure from the scouting
Then he visited with NFL types and had to explain his combine
exit. The decision has drawn criticism and raised speculation about
the resulting damage to the draft stock of a player once projected
as a possible No. 1 overall draft pick.
Smith, who is skipping his senior season, said he had wanted to
get back to training. He was suspended from the Sugar Bowl for
violating team rules.