Tulsa Union’s Jeremy Smith didn’t put up the most eye-popping overall numbers. His 1,664 yards rushing were very good but several players in the state ran for more yards. Smith didn’t score the most touchdowns, though the 30 he did score were right up there. What Smith did, though, is play his best when the stage was the biggest. And that was good enough to earn the Union running back and Oklahoma State commitment The Oklahoman’s Offensive Player of the Year honors. In the last three games of the playoffs, Smith averaged nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns per game. In the biggest game of the season, the Class 6A state championship game against Jenks, Smith had 241 yards and three touchdowns. Several of those yards came after Smith came back after dislocating his shoulder late in the game. "It was freaking me out,” Smith said at the time. "I’ve never done that.” "He’s just got the heart of a champion,” teammate and fellow Oklahoman All-Stater Tracy Moore said. That attitude starts in practice, Moore said. "You watch him in practice and you can tell just what kind of player he is,” Moore said. "He’s always working hard. He never quits.” Another Union all-stater, lineman Brian DeShane, has also noticed Smith’s demeanor, both on and off the field, for awhile. "Jeremy has a confidence that there’s nobody better than him,” DeShane said. "Not saying he’s cocky, but he’s a guy that knows what he can do. He can make so many things happen. He’ll make a move and the next thing you know, he’ll be in the end zone.” It didn’t take long for Redskins coach Kirk Fridrich to realize the kind of back he had in Smith when he took over the Redskins before last season. In a scrimmage that August against Owasso, Smith broke 10 tackles, ran for 55 yards and left the Rams defenders and a shoe behind. "That was amazing,” Moore said. "That’s definitely the play I remember most.” There were plenty more for Smith this season, including his three first-half touchdowns against Jenks in the title game. "It’s really just hard to bring him down,” Moore said.