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lost1700
01-07-2008, 05:08 AM
I was looking forward to him coming back next season at my UCF, but you can't blame him for going while his stock is high. What do you guys think?


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida's Kevin Smith, the nation's leading rusher this season, changed his mind and will turn pro, he confirmed Sunday night.

Smith challenged Barry Sanders' NCAA record of 2,628 rushing yards in a season, but finished 61 yards short. The running back was hailed as a hero three weeks ago for deciding to stay in school to earn a degree and help build UCF's burgeoning program.

Another season would have put Smith well within reach of former Wisconsin back Ron Dayne's NCAA career record.

Smith said it had nothing to do with records. He said he made the previous announcement to deflect attention leading up to UCF's Liberty Bowl matchup against Mississippi State. Smith also said the 10-3 loss in that game was no factor.

"Me coming back had nothing to do with records. I was here a lot of years ? that's not a reason," Smith told The Associated Press.

Smith, a high school honor roll student, said he wanted to come back and get his degree ? partly on the advice of his mother. But he returned to hometown Miami after the bowl game, and they had a long talk about his future.

"She basically told me, 'Do what makes you happy,"' Smith said.

Smith's decision was first reported by WFTV, Orlando's ABC affiliate. Smith said at a press conference Dec. 18 he would return to school, defying analysts who said he had nothing left to prove, and would be risking injury with more time in college.

"Kevin had a great career at UCF," coach George O'Leary said in a written statement. "We thank him for his contributions over the past three years and wish him nothing but the best."

The biggest knock on Smith was that he accomplished those feats in Conference USA, though he also rushed for 149 yards and two TDs against Texas this season.

Smith isn't known a big-time speedster, though he is fast. His greatest asset is patience and vision ? knowing where to make cuts to break long runs. He actually hasn't been timed in a 40-yard dash since high school, and said he's eager to prove he can run with the big guys.

"This is what people want to see: 'Is he fast,"' Smith said. "They want to know how fast I'm going to be. They don't have to see if I'm a three-down back, because I played three downs."

IllumX
01-07-2008, 06:57 AM
running back class is going to be very deep this year.

Mendenhall declared..Jaamal Charles....and soon Darren Mcfadden

lost1700
01-07-2008, 07:50 AM
running back class is going to be very deep this year.

Mendenhall declared..Jaamal Charles....and soon Darren Mcfadden

yeah, he will probably go anywhere from the 4th to 6th round. He could def. be a great late round pick

joelz54_99
01-07-2008, 07:52 AM
I hope the Cowboys cash in on a good RB. :p

Mindripper
01-07-2008, 08:25 AM
I was looking forward to him coming back next season at my UCF, but you can't blame him for going while his stock is high. What do you guys think?


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida's Kevin Smith, the nation's leading rusher this season, changed his mind and will turn pro, he confirmed Sunday night.

Smith challenged Barry Sanders' NCAA record of 2,628 rushing yards in a season, but finished 61 yards short. The running back was hailed as a hero three weeks ago for deciding to stay in school to earn a degree and help build UCF's burgeoning program.

Another season would have put Smith well within reach of former Wisconsin back Ron Dayne's NCAA career record.

Smith said it had nothing to do with records. He said he made the previous announcement to deflect attention leading up to UCF's Liberty Bowl matchup against Mississippi State. Smith also said the 10-3 loss in that game was no factor.

"Me coming back had nothing to do with records. I was here a lot of years ? that's not a reason," Smith told The Associated Press.

Smith, a high school honor roll student, said he wanted to come back and get his degree ? partly on the advice of his mother. But he returned to hometown Miami after the bowl game, and they had a long talk about his future.

"She basically told me, 'Do what makes you happy,"' Smith said.

Smith's decision was first reported by WFTV, Orlando's ABC affiliate. Smith said at a press conference Dec. 18 he would return to school, defying analysts who said he had nothing left to prove, and would be risking injury with more time in college.

"Kevin had a great career at UCF," coach George O'Leary said in a written statement. "We thank him for his contributions over the past three years and wish him nothing but the best."

The biggest knock on Smith was that he accomplished those feats in Conference USA, though he also rushed for 149 yards and two TDs against Texas this season.

Smith isn't known a big-time speedster, though he is fast. His greatest asset is patience and vision ? knowing where to make cuts to break long runs. He actually hasn't been timed in a 40-yard dash since high school, and said he's eager to prove he can run with the big guys.

"This is what people want to see: 'Is he fast,"' Smith said. "They want to know how fast I'm going to be. They don't have to see if I'm a three-down back, because I played three downs."

He isn't Barry Sanders...

lost1700
01-07-2008, 08:48 AM
He isn't Barry Sanders...

no ****, but he was the best player my school has had EVER. I carried our offense on his back, was looking forward to another good season.

97srad750
01-07-2008, 09:09 AM
I was hoping he'd come back as he said he was. At the end of the season he was finally getting some national publicity. Good back, but I think he's making a mistake.

lost1700
01-07-2008, 09:12 AM
I was hoping he'd come back as he said he was. At the end of the season he was finally getting some national publicity. Good back, but I think he's making a mistake.

it's a catch 22 really, he goes now while he is hot or he comes back next year and has a mediocre season in C-USA and misses his opportunity. Or he comes back next year and kills it, possible up for the heisman and raises his stock more.

97srad750
01-07-2008, 09:15 AM
it's a catch 22 really, he goes now while he is hot or he comes back next year and has a mediocre season in C-USA and misses his opportunity. Or he comes back next year and kills it, possible up for the heisman and raises his stock more.

Yeah but you don't rush for 2400 yards on accident, he would have killed it again next year. Maybe not 2400 yards, but he would have done well. It's not worth leaving early if he's ends up being a mid to late round pick, because no matter what he does (outside of getting hurt) he at no worst will still be a mid to late round pick. If he puts up another 2000ish season then he's in the first round. He has everything, except I'm not sure he's super fast. But he doesn't need to be.