Smith holds down the middle for Riverside

After posting modest stats as a freshman, Riverside DT Andrew Smith (6-0, 280) is ready to show people his talent this fall. He's been hard at work this offseason and he said he's set some big goals for himself to achieve this fall.

"I'm a big believer in setting your goals high," Smith told earlier this week. "Me and my team are focused on getting to the playoffs and winning a championship, that's the first goal for me.

"As far as individual goals, I want to break the Riverside school record for sacks in a seson which is 15 and I want to be All-Conference as well."

That is a big goal for a player who posted 27 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and two sacks in 2007.

"You always have to push yourself," Smith said. "I mean, what if I set it too low and I could have done better?"

Smith pushed himself this summer to become a better player all the way around, but he was focused on two areas that he hopes will help him reach his goal.

"I worked on a lot of quick explosive movements this summer," Smith said. "I worked on my footwork and just toning my body up.

"When I got to Riverside, I had a lot of baby fat. I really toned up my body and got leaner and more explosive and I think that will really help me this fall."

On the recruiting front, Smith hasn't been hearing from a lot of schools, but things could change with a big start to his season.

"Arizona and Kansas State were out during the spring," Smith said. "Utah has been sending me a lot of stuff, but right now, I'm not getting looked at by a lot of schools.

"It's still early, so I just need to take care of business on the field and I think schools will see what I can do."

Smith is on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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