November 8, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Smith chasing 1,000 yards

Smith evolving while pursuing milestone (By Chris Nee,

Antone Smith ran hard against Boston College but was only able to rush for 63 yards against a very talented defense. That being said, Smith had one of the best days of his career as he racked up 146 total yards due to a career-high 83 receiving yards.

"I just did what I we have been practicing," Smith said. "It translated to the field. I am glad I was able to contribute like I did."

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher complimented Smith during his weekly press conference saying that the talented junior played his best all-around game of the season. Fisher wasn't pleased with simply what Smith did with the ball in his hands though. He complimented the job Smith did in helping to protect Drew Weatherford. Smith has showed a marked improvement throughout his junior campaign at becoming a complete back.

"I love it," Smith said. "You have to be a total back. You have to be able to run, block, and catch the ball out of the backfield."

Through nine games, Smith has rushed for 645 yards on the ground. While he is only on pace for 860 yards during the regular season, reaching a 1,000 yards remains within reach. Smith though is more concerned about winning games than his individual yardage.

"It is not a goal at all for me," Smith said. "It is a goal for a lot of people like my family. I just want to be successful and go as far as I can go in football."

While it isn't a goal, Smith does recognize the significance of a 1,000 yards rushing in a season. Smith would become only the sixth Seminole to ever do so and the first since Warrick Dunn did it in 1996.

"For me personally it would be big but I think it would be bigger for the university," Smith said. "It has been a decade since a running back had a 1,000 yards around here so I am going to try to get it but if I don't it is one of those things to look forward to."

He would be a lot closer to the mark but numerous holding calls against the offensive line have taken away a number of big plays from Smith on the ground this season.

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