Coach's Corner: Roland Smith of Miami Northwestern

Miami Northwestern High School football coach Roland Smith on Tuesday confirmed that running back <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1726489]>Kevin Moyd</A> has verbally committed to the Buffs. Inside, a conversation with Smith about the speedy running back out of a top-flight football program.

Moyd was starter at tailback for Miami NW this season and rushed for over 1,100 yards, according to Coach Smith. The Bulls went 7-3 on the season, finally losing in the second round of the state playoffs.

Miami NW consistently produces top-flight athletes. It's the same program that produced Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency. Smith said he expected as many as six kids from this past year's team to earn Division I scholarships.

According to a 2004 USA Today story, the school has produced 19 NFL players, and five former Miami NW players are on current NFL rosters. (The recently released documentary "The Year of the Bull" tells the story of former Miami NW start Taurean Charles -- his trials and triumphs as a highly sought after prep football player. He is currently a linebacker at the University of Florida.)

According to Smith, Moyd is 5-foot-9, and weighs 200 pounds. "He's a 4.4 guy," Smith said of his 40 time. Moyd is also accomplished on the track where he competes in the 110m and 330m hurdles and on the 4x800 relay team.

The following is a conversation with Coach Smith.

Q: Is Kevin Moyd committed to Colorado?
Roland Smith:
Yes, he's committed to Colorado.

Q: How did that come about?
Smith:
We sent his videotape through e-mail to the University of Colorado. (Coach Shawn Simms) saw it and enjoyed the tape and wanted to meet the young man. He came down and met him and his mom. Kevin wanted to visit (Boulder), and he fell in love with Coach Simms. Coach Simms did a good job recruiting the kid.

Q: What has he meant to you as a player on the field?
Smith:
He's been a guy who has been a difference maker on the field. He's a speedster. He runs track. He's a hurdler, and he's a very fast, powerful runner.

Anytime he gets the ball in his hands he can take it to the house, from anywhere on the field. If you give it to him on the draw and do a good job of blocking, he's a guy that if he gets in the open field, no one is going to catch him. I've seen some guys, some track guys, that tried to get an angle but couldn't get him. He's got that long stride where it looks like he's not moving, but he can run.

And he's a very powerful runner. He's the type of runner where the more he carries the ball, the more he pounds on you, the more you don't want to tackle him. It's like he's punishing you more than you're punishing him. He delivers the blow instead of taking the blow.

Q: What kind of kid is he off the field?
Smith:
A great kid. He's a model citizen. He's a kid that you'd want to take your daughter out. If he took your daughter out, you'd know she'd be in good hands. He's a class act kid. He goes to class, and he's on the honor roll. He does what he's supposed to do academically. He scored 990 on his SAT.


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