Solano linebacker hoping for a chance

Even with outstanding statistics that helped garner post-season honors Solano LB Patrick Smith (6-1, 232) hasn't received the attention that he deserves. He's finished up his two-year degree and now he's hoping he gets a chance to show his stuff on the D-1 level.

"We finished 5-5 this year," Smith told "We lost our last game 21-14. If we had won that game we would have gone to a bowl game. It was kinda frustrating."

Also frustrating for Smith is the fact that he's been unable to garner much in the way of recruiting attention.

"I was supposed to go to Syracuse, but they had a high school linebacker commit so they stopped recruiting me," Smith said. "No other schools have really shown much interest since December."

Smith played defensive end in high school, but his lack of size meant that he needed to make the move to linebacker. In 2006 he posted 120 tackles, eight sacks and one interception playing both middle and outside linebacker.

"They blitzed me a lot and I loved that because that's what I'm really good at," Smith said. "I've had to work really hard at studying film and reading different keys at linebacker, but it's still just about getting the the man with the ball. It's pretty simple really."

Smith finished his degree in December and has been frantically mailing out tape to schools and making contact with various coaches, hoping for the chance to play.

"I don't want it to end now," Smith said. "I'll work has hard as I need to so that I can make a team happy they signed me. I hope I get the chance to show what I can do."

Smith will have three to play two wherever he ends up.

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