Smith working his way back to the top

After tearing his ACL, DaMarcus Smith had to sit out his junior season last year. But even with that injury, Smith is determined to regain his pre-injury status.

After tearing his ACL, DaMarcus Smith had to sit out his junior season last year. But even with that injury, Smith is determined to regain his pre-injury status. "(Rehab) is going well," said Smith. "I'm at about 90 percent. I can pretty much do everything. I want to get back my 4.5 (forty) speed. I'll be ready for the season," he said.

But Smith doesn't just want to come back healthy; he wants to be effective enough to move back into the elite status he held prior to the injury. "I'm a pretty humble guy, but I have some personal goals. I want to get my rankings back. I was one of the top ten quarterbacks in the nation. I want to go to a lot of college camps and get back out there and start competing and get back up with the elite group," he said.

As a sophomore Smith threw for over 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns for Seneca earning him elite status, but when he was injured he saw his rankings dip a little. "I want to be in the elite group in that nation. I want to be the best player in the state and win a state championship. I want to win Mr. Football," he said.

Smith possesses the skills to do just that, but he's not boastful about it. "I still look at myself as a work in progress. I have the physical attributes. I want to become more of a student of the game. My throwing, arm-strength, speed, quickness and accuracy I have down," he said.

"I want to be more of a leader and get my team together. We have a good shot at a special season this year," Smith finished.

DaMarcus also recently received another honor that not many people get. He was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game. "It's really a blessing. I can't believe it to this day. I got to see a lot of good players play in it. Now I've got an opportunity and I'm going to cherish it and appreciate it. I hope to represent my school and my city and make it," he said.

Smith committed to Louisville right after Charlie Strong took over as head coach and hasn't looked back. "There are still schools in my ear," he said. "But I'm pretty firm with my decision. That's where I've wanted to be since I was a kid," finished Smith.


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