But last season, Smith started talking about trying to add more moves to his game. And at times in 2013, Smith has gotten caught trying to make things happen behind the line of scrimmage.
That led to the worthy question of if backup Desmond Roland deserved to get more looks against K-State. Instead, he got fewer, carrying the ball just twice for one yard.
Because Smith was visibly better. His numbers weren't staggering — 11 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. But he showed more power and burst throughout the game, then came up with a critical 16-yard scamper on the Cowboys' game-winning drive.
Overall, Singleton's position group is not where he wants it, with four reliable backs. Right now, he's only comfortable with Smith and Roland in game situations, though true freshman Rennie Childs is getting increased reps in practice.
Which means, especially now, Smith continuing to abide by the “one cut and get north” philosophy is critical.
“Each and every week you just have to have something to prove, and (against K-State) I did,” he said. “And it's gonna continue that way. There's still people that are still doubting us and everything like that, so you've got to get better every week.”