The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 31, 2007

Keeping Smith at RB pays off for O’Leary


O’Leary said he knew he had something special in Smith during summer workouts before his freshman season. It was then he showed a toughness most freshmen don’t exhibit.

“He is taking cuts that you can’t teach,” O’Leary said. “You either have it or you don’t.”

Smith also displayed his durability with his 43-carry night against Southern Miss. That upped his season average to 30 carries per game.

“(It felt) like a job,” Smith said. “You don’t really know how many carries you got until somebody tells you after the game. (I would have guessed) about 30, what I usually get every game.”

Forty-three is a lot of carries, but UCF fans surely are comfortable any time Smith has the ball in his hands.

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