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Smith, Staley a potent 1-2 punch

By Brandon Chatmon Modified: November 29, 2007 at 12:24 pm •  Published: November 29, 2007

/> "Since I was a little kid I've always thought I could do some special things for the football team,” said Smith, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

The junior has quietly emerged as one of the top backs in the state. He has the potential to get better with the talent to get even better.

"He's our scout team tailback,” Watkins said. "Because in most instances, he's going to be the best back we see that week.”

Most importantly, Smith has helped lessen the pressure on Staley, an Oklahoma State oral commitment, proving the Bluejays are more than just a one-man team.

"Now teams don't key on me, they have to key on him and others as well, which makes us more deadly,” Staley said. "This year he's stepped up a great deal.

"One man can't win a championship, one team wins it.”

Guthrie's Clayton Smith emerged at running back this season after the graduation of Kris King. by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman archive

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