Smith Shines in Rare Opportunity

ATHENS – Branden Smith hasn't had the football in his hands often the past few weeks, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo wanted that to change Saturday.

So when the two spoke earlier this week, Bobo asked a simple question of his speedy cornerback-tailback hybrid.

"I asked him how many touches he would need to get in the end zone," Bobo said. "He told me one."

Smith delivered, taking a direct handoff and rushing around the right edge for a 52-yard touchdown in the first quarter – his second score of the season – helping Georgia to a dominant 38-0 win over Tennessee Tech.

"We haven't ran that since the first game, and I try to make something happen," Smith said. "I had one man to beat, so I tried to squeeze myself in there."

Smith's work on offense has been limited since his 60-yard touchdown run against South Carolina in Week 2, so he wasn't anticipating many chances this week. Against Tennessee Tech, however, Smith had three carries and finished as the team's second-leading rusher with 72 yards on the ground. He saw action at cornerback, too, making one tackle, which Bobo figures is enough to keep Smith's focus on the that side of the football.

"I'd like to get him full time but they won't give him up," Bobo said. "But he's going to be a special player for us. He works extremely hard, he's a very conscientious kid, tough kid. He's got to put some muscle on but he's tough and plays hard and physical."

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