Kolby Smith eyeing his "opportunity"

Running back Kolby Smith continues to work out in preperation of joining the Cardinal football program this summer. On Tuesday he visited with InsidetheVille.com.

I had the pleasure of visiting with Kolby Smith, who was one of the many prized recruits in the 2003 class, on Tuesday evening and he was quick to point out that life has been more relaxing since he signed with Louisville.

Kolby told me that he has been able to spend more time focusing on working out in preperation of joing the team this summer, focusing on the start of the track season at Rickards High School and even catching a few of his schools basketball games.

"I have been able to relax more," said Smith. "I'm working out hard and training so I can come in strong as a freshman."

Rickards track season is just now underway, having recently competed in their first event of the season. Kolby and his fellow relay partners faired pretty well in their first outing.

"I ran on the 4x400 and the 4x100 and we won both of those," said Smith.

Kolby is expecting to arrive in Louisville in early August to begin working out with the team and the start of practice.

"I just want an opportunity and a fair shot," said Smith when asked about the chance to get playing time as a true freshman.

While the post season honors for Kolby seemed to pour in, he had high praise for head coach Bobby Petrino for sticking with him while the Rickards football team struggled through the 2002 season.

"I feel like I'm blessed," explained Smith. "I feel like I was a diamond in the rough and was overlooked, because my coach said it was the year of the running back for recruiting this year. Our team didn't advance that far in the playoffs and we had a losing season, so that didn't attract as many, but I was glad that Coach Petrino saw the abilities that I have. Plus, I went to the Auburn mini-camp over the summer when he was coaching there. Basically he's been there from the start and I was pround that he kept up with me."

Following the season, Kolby was named first team All-Big Bend Area, a Big Bend Area Super Six Senior and nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. He was also chosen as first team all-district and honorable mention all-state.

He also explained that was also attracted to Coach Petrino's style of offense.

"He's very offensive minded," continued Smith. "He runs the ball and I like that. He spreads things out a lot and you can't predict what he's going to do and I really like that."

"It'll be bad for the opponents," Smith said about the possibility of being apart of two-back offensive backfield. "It'll give us a one-two punch and either of the backs could hurt them."

He also sounded quite confident when asked about his pass-catching abilities.

"They only threw me the ball three times [last year]. One of them went for a 70-yard touchdown, the other one was like a 20-yard gain and the other was just a catch to bail the quarterback out, so I know I can catch the ball real good too."

Whenever asked by someone in his hometown of Tallahassee why he is going to play for the Cardinals, Kolby responds with an answer that must stick in the minds of those asking. "I always was say, 'yeah, you know you saw them beat Florida State!'"

Kolby, who is fully qualified, plans on studying business at U of L.

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