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OSU football: Running back Jeremy Smith returns to downhill style

Smith knows he must continue that trend when the Cowboys face a physical TCU defense Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: October 13, 2013


photo - Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith (31) scores a touchdown during second half of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith (31) scores a touchdown during second half of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

That was Smith's specialty during the initial stages of his OSU career, when the Cowboys would often take Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle off the field in short-yardage and goal-line situations and put Smith in to get the tough yards. He became a true weapon in that role, scoring a touchdown in 10 consecutive games that stretched the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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.”


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