Smith To Carry Load for Re-loaded Griffs

Whenever Grossmont (Calif.) College running back Kevin Smith (5-10, 190) has had to fill big shoes before, he didn't have any problem doing so.

Smith had the unenviable task of replacing some guy named Reggie Bush in high school, after Bush graduated from San Diego (Calif.) Helix after the 2002 season.  Smith was the starting running back for Helix in 2003 and in 2004.

"Reggie was a senior when I was a sophomore so I played mainly on JV but I played with him some," said Smith.

However, despite a productive career at Helix, Smith didn't land any scholarship offers, despite being a full-qualifier. 

"I had talked to Utah and a couple of I-AA schools but nothing came of it," said Smith.

So he went to Grossmont hoping that a standout career there would land him those elusive scholarships. 

Yet there, his freshman year saw him spending time as the backup to co-national JC player of the year Darrell Hutsona. 

So 2006 is setting up to be the year for Smith, who will be the primary ball-carrier for Grossmont.

"I'm definitely ready to get out on the field and start showing what I can do," said Smith.  "I'll be the main running back this year so I'm ready to step it up."

Smith said that currently, Washington and Washington State are the two main schools he's been talking to but he has interest in the rest of the Pac-10.

"I'll play anywhere but the Pac-10 is definitely where hope to play," said Smith.

Last fall, Smith had 441 yards rushing on 63 carries and scored six touchdowns as Hutsona's backup.

A full qualifier out of high school, Smith could finish his A.A. in May, but because he's already an NCAA qualifier, will be able to leave in the winter and sign with a school.

He has three years to play his two seasons following the 2006 season.


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