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OSU football: Running back Jeremy Smith says increased workload will be beneficial to health

Smith said: “It's all about conditioning. I don't have to keep cooling my body off, then going back in and warming it up again. I'll always be warm.”
by John Helsley Published: August 4, 2013

Jeremy Smith has been prepping for this role his entire Cowboys career.

And now that the No. 1 running back job is his, he's determined to thrive in it.

The on-the-field ability isn't questioned, with Smith's three-plus seasons as a much-used backup returning strong results: a 6.2 yards-per-carry average on 232 carries for 1,439 yards, along with 25 touchdowns.

It's Smith's ability to stay on the field that is questioned.

Nagging little injuries have hampered the Tulsa senior's availability and effectiveness. And durability questions surround Smith, and the Cowboys, with no proven backup ready in reserve.

So, can Smith stay healthy?

“We'll see,” said OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton.

You'll see, said Smith.

And his reasoning is more than intriguing. Smith believes that an increased workload will actually benefit him.

“It's all about conditioning,” said Smith, who is on the Doak Walker Award watch list. “I don't have to keep cooling my body off, then going back in and warming it up again. I'll always be warm.”

Hmm, makes some sense, at least from a strained muscle or hamstring perspective. It's hard to stay warm and stretched while standing on the sideline.

Still, it's a theory that Smith must prove.

Certainly, he looks the part. It would be difficult to find a Cowboy in better shape. And his massive biceps and forearms are evidence that he's a workout monster.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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