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.