When his staff suggested the diminutive rookie play, Paterno took the opposite side of the debate.
"Sometimes I go in and just try to agitate the staff, just to make sure that they've considered a lot of different things, and I agitated them about Smith because he was a true freshman and hadn't been out before a crowd like that," Paterno said. "But they were so strong in their feeling that he could help, and that's all I wanted to hear from them."
Smith played, finishing with two catches for 25 yards, one carry for 7 yards and two kickoff returns for 43 yards.
Paterno said the staff limited the plays Smith could run. One key package featured the freshman lining up behind the tight end and running an end-around. He got the ball once and was a decoy on two other plays.
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