Smith's star on the rise at new position

Marcus Smith signed with Louisville as a quarterback, but moved to linebacker as a true freshman. This spring, the promising sophomore is on the move again. Now at defensive end, the 6-4, 250-pound Smith appears a rising star on Louisville's defensive line.

Louisville sophomore Marcus Smith has been on the rise since moving to his new position at defensive end this spring.

Smith, who signed with Louisville as a quarterback, moved to linebacker shortly after arriving on campus. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Smith played last year as a true freshman, primarily on special teams. Now, Smith seems to have found a home on the defensive line.

Several of Louisville's top defensive linemen are sitting out this spring with injuries, including starting ends Greg Scruggs and B.J. Butler. Smith, an impressive athlete, has made the most of his opportunity this spring, drawing praise from defensive line coach Clint Hurtt.

"I think he's a dynamic talent," Hurtt recently told "I think he's really special. He reminds me of some of the really good ones I've coached before. I think the kid has a chance to be really special."

Smith spoke with after Wednesday's practice about his transition to a new position:

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