Rob Smith eyes Heisman

A University of Tennessee guard is ready to chase the Heisman Trophy this fall … not for himself but for Vol tailback Gerald Riggs.

If Rob Smith and his buddies up front block well enough, Riggs just might be able to bring home the first Heisman in UT history. Nothing would make Smith happier than to see that happen.

"That's how offensive linemen get their credit -- by the (success of the) running backs," he said, flashing a big grin. "It would be great to tell your kids, ‘I blocked for a Heisman Trophy winner.' That'd be cool."

Riggs split time with Ced Houston last fall, and each wound up rushing for 1,000 yards. Riggs established himself as the more productive back by season's end, however, and is clearly "The Man" for 2005 now that Houston is out of eligibility.

"By the end of the year you could see Riggs was ready to take control for this year," Smith said. "The sky's the limit for him this year. He's got a good line and he's got tons of talent."

And he's got at least one blocker with the Heisman Trophy in his sights.

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