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Photos from Iowa @ Minnesota on October 8, 2016.
CAREER: Has rushed 290 times for 1,371 yards in 19 games, which ranks 31st all-time in school history • scored 10 (2 in 2015 and 8 in 2016) career rushing touchdowns • career long 70-yard rushing touchdown came at Maryland in 2016 • career long 94-yard kick return for a touchdown came against Rutgers in 2016 • had 257 all-purpose yards (111 rush, 27 receiving and 119 kick return) against Rutgers in 2016, which was the 12th most in school history and most since David Cobb had 233 against Michigan in 2014.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started against Oregon State and rushed 25 times for a career high 125 yards and two touchdowns • carried the ball 17 times for 74 yards and one touchdown against Indiana State • gained 99 yards and scored two touchdowns on 17 carries against Colorado State • rushed 23 times for 104 yards at Penn State and added four receptions for 39 yards • gained 44 yards on 11 attempts against Iowa and returned two kicks for 58 yards • rushed for a career high 144 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns at Maryland • touchdowns at Maryland covered eight and 70 yards • gained 111 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against Rutgers • also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown against Rutgers • had 257 all-purpose yards (111 rush, 27 receiving and 119 kick return) against Rutgers, which was the 12th most in school history and most since David Cobb had 233 against Michigan in 2014.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 12 games and started seven • rushed 157 times for 670 yards (sixth most ever for a freshman) and two touchdowns • caught 16 passes for 124 yards. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against TCU and carried the ball 16 times for 88 yards and one touchdown • did not have a negative rush against TCU as he averaged 5.5 yards-per-carry • his 88 yards against TCU were the most by a Gopher freshman running back making his collegiate debut since Thomas Hamner ran for 158 yards on 22 carries on Sept. 7, 1996, at Northeast Louisiana (Amir Pinnix also rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries as a freshman in his collegiate debut against Toledo on Sept. 4, 2004) • carried the ball 21 times for 108 yards, which included five carries for 24 yards in overtime, at Colorado State • became the first Gopher freshman running back to run for more than 100 yards since DeLeon Eskridge rumbled for 124 yards at Illinois in 2008 • carried the ball 30 times for 73 yards against Kent State • totaled 152 all-purpose yards (94 rushing and 58 receiving) against Ohio • rushed 11 times for 32 yards at Northwestern • carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards at Purdue and also caught three passes for 15 yards • rushed eight times for 20 yards against Nebraska • carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards (6.2 average) against Michigan's No. 1-ranked defense that entered the game allowing only 64.7 yards on the ground • caught one pass for 17 yards against Michigan • started at Ohio State, but was limited with an injury • missed the Iowa game with an injury • was limited with an injury against Illinois, but carried the ball two times for 11 yards • rushed seven times for 35 yards and one touchdown against Wisconsin • carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards and caught one pass for five yards against Central Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mundy's Mill High School • helped lead his team to an 8-5 record, which was the best season in school history • team advanced to Class 5A quarterfinals • first team All-State honoree • rushed 261 times for 2,201 yards and 26 touchdowns • team started 0-4 and he rushed 63 times for 368 yards and four touchdowns in those games • team finished 8-1 and he rushed 198 times for 1,833 and 22 touchdowns • rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 games, more than 200 yards in four games and more than 300 yards in two games • also caught five passes for 66 yards • rushed 172 times for 1,575 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury • caught six passes for 55 yards • amassed 4,002 all-purpose yards (3,776 rushing, 121 receiving and 105 on kick returns) during his last two years of high school • football coach was Gregory Manior, while his father, Patrick Smith, was his offensive coordinator and baseball coach • high school teammate of Gopher linebacker Jonathan Celestin • was a standout baseball player, as he was named Clayton Player of the Year by the Clayton Daily News and was voted Region 4-AAAAA Player of the Year by the region's coaches • played second base and shortstop and batted .587 with 12 RBI and 37 hits at leadoff • scored 27 runs and was 22 of 23 on stolen bases • ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout, while Rivals gave him two stars • listed as the No. 80 running back in the nation by 247Sports and as the 110th best player in Georgia.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 28, 1996 • son of Patrick and Essie Smith.
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