October 9, 2006

Smith will be ready for Pittsburgh

UCF fans can let go a collective sigh of relief. Golden Knights starting running back Kevin Smith, who left the Marshall game with a rib injury, has returned to practice and will be back in the lineup when UCF hosts Pittsburgh Friday night in the Citrus Bowl.

"He practiced yesterday and today so he's ready to go," UCF head coach George O'Leary said Monday. "It was precautionary more than anything else against Marshall. But he's back, he practiced yesterday and today, and he'll be in the ballgame starting on Friday night."

Smith took a hit in the third quarter and didn't return to the game. Tests later confirmed he had bruised ribs.

UCF ran for a season high 275 yards at Marshall, with Smith rushing for 166 of those yards and backup running back Jason Peters with 108. It was the second consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Smith who previously ran for 129 yards against Southern Miss. He is currently Conference USA's third-leading rusher with a 100.8 per game average.

After three consecutive losses to Florida, South Florida and Southern Miss, UCF really needed a win last Wednesday at Marshall. Quarterback Steven Moffett led a late fourth quarter drive which culminated in a 22-yard field goal by Michael Torres to give UCF the 23-22 victory. The win kept the Knights in the C-USA title hunt and should be a confidence builder heading into this week's game against Pittsburgh.

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