South Florida back still looking at Panthers

Last year the top running back in South Florida was Ely star Tyrone Moss. This year Norris Smith has tried to fill the shoes of one of the best backs ever in South Florida. Smith has had a real solid season for Ely High School. On the year the 5-foot-11, 215 pound running back has over 620 yards on 130 carries. He has also reached the end-zone 16 times so far this year.

His goal is to finish with over 1,000 yards for the season. With two games remaining that goal is within reach. "Yeah my goal is to get over 1,000 yards, with the two teams left on our schedule I feel I can reach that number," Smith said.

With his team on the verge of the playoffs, Smith is looking to help his team repeat as State Champions. The Ely football team has only lost once this year and that was to Saint Thomas Aquinas. Ely did have a big win a few weeks back against one of the better teams in Broward County Deerfield Beach. They are led by quarterback sensation Brent Schaffer.

"When we played Deerfield, Schaffer was without a doubt the best player we faced all year. On one play he ran 15 seconds off the clock running around and than he made a great throw which he completed."

Smith has decided to take a visit to Tennessee with Schaffer after the season's over. "Yeah we talked about visiting Tennessee together, he wanted me to go to Auburn with him but they are not recruiting me," he said. "We have also decided to play in the Dade/Broward All-Star game this year and his coach Redman will lead us."

One visit that Smith has set up is in November to Pittsburgh. "I will be going there for the UM/Pitt game on November 29th. I am excited to go up there and see what its like at a home game for the Panthers. It should be exciting to watch them go against UM," he said. "My teammates Brandon Daniel and Corey Sanders will go up to the game with me."

Charles Fishbein

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