One of the early surprises in Alabama's explosive start to the season is tight end Irv Smith Jr's production in the passing game.

The sophomore already has nine receptions and two touchdowns on the season and credits the offensive schemes for putting the defense on its heels.

"They don't know what we're going to do really if I'm in the game," Smith said. "They don't know if I'm going to block or if I'm going to go out for a pass. We have a lot of different schemes set up."

The tight end position might not get enough credit each year because it's not always in the spotlight, but Smith thinks this group is special.

"All the tight ends have worked very hard and wanted to improve on a lot of things and I feel like we've done that so far. With our group, we have a lot of depth. I feel like we have one of the most, if not the most talented group of tight ends in the country."

Listen to everything he said to the media this week, including connection to Texas A&M and new assistant coach Jeff Banks.