The helmet tape came from the players' participation in Alabama's camp this summer. Unfortunately for Flower Mound (Texas) Marcos High 's Kaden Smith, FSU tight ends coach Tim Brewster wasn't too keen on the idea of wearing a Crimson Tide logo at a Seminoles camp.
Smith (6-foot-5, 227 pounds), who was offered by Alabama on Wednesday following his camp work out in Tuscaloosa, was asked by Brewster to remove the helmet tape.
Smith replied, "Really, you want me to take it off? I will after this route," Smith said.
To that Brewster said, "No, do it now, we got time." So Smith complied, smiling the whole while, as the rest of the group of tight ends got a chuckle.
He had trouble peeling off the tape and had to use his teeth, but eventually he handed the tape to Brewster, who wadded it up for disposal.
"You're not at Alabama any more. This is Florida State," Brewster said.
Immediately afterward, Smith ran a pass route as described by Brewster and made a nice catch, too which Brewster hollared, "That's the way it's done, Smitty."
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