Jeremy Smith Is Heading Back To The Future

As Jeremy Smith enters his junior season as part of the Oklahoma State's well known and respected running back duo that coaches and fans alike think of as 1A and 1B, he is looking to distinguish himself in his twin role with Joseph Randle by going back to the future in his running style.

"I actually remember my first game. It was against Grambling State," said Smith, remembering back to the fourth game of his freshman season.

"It was crazy for me because they put me on two different special teams and I played in the second half. It was loud and crazy and I rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown (15 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown). It was a pretty good experience."

However, it ended up being a one and done for Smith.

"Yes it was, pretty sad," said Smith remembering a shoulder injury from high school being aggravated in that game, and requiring surgery that ended his season.

Smith got the red-shirt that season and now enters his junior season. He begins his fourth year as a Cowboy when the season begins against Savannah State on Sept. 1. Like Grambling State, Savannah State is a traditional black university, and he is looking to be that running back he was against Grambling.

Smith has 1,068 rushing yards in his career and he has scored 17 touchdowns. He has been a good player and last season he rushed for more than 100 yards in two games -- vs. Texas (140 yards and two touchdowns) and vs. Oklahoma (119 yards and two touchdowns).

That is a pretty good pair of teams to top the century mark against. However, Smith wants to be better.

Smith is now proudly at 198 pounds. That is just six pounds off his playing weight of last season but enough that he has more manuverability. He wants some of that wiggle and lateral speed that he displayed at Tulsa Union High School.

"Pretty much it is still the same thing," he said noting that he has never been a fast food guy and that a Sonic slush is the greatest lure. "Running hard each and every day in practice because the faster you run the easier the games are too."

He also took drills that he saw Kendall Hunter do during his early years of backing up the now San Francisco 49ers back. He has made a strong effort to get back to that Jeremy Smith we saw when he arrived in Stillwater.

"During the summer that is all I have been working on," said Smith. "Coach (Jemal Singleton) has even seen it. That's what I've been trying to do get that lateral speed back."

Is he back? Is he better than ever? "I hope so," answered Smith. "We'll find out with that first game against Savannah State."

Cowboys fans are anxious to find out how close Smith is to getting back to the future.


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