October 8, 2008

Smith another walk-on success

Littered throughout the Mississippi State roster there are plenty of walk-on success stories.

From Tyson Lee to Brandon McRae, there are multiple walk-ons finding their way into the spotlight for the Bulldogs.

But perhaps one of the most successful walk-on careers belongs to Jamayel Smith.

Smith walked-on to the Bulldogs in 2005 after spending a year at Hargrave Military prep school and has since climbed the depth chart into one of its most dangerous targets.

"I really didn't have too many options coming out of high school," Smith said. "My grades weren't too good so I guess that was one reason I didn't have many schools looking at me. I had to go to prep school after high school because of my grades. But what really made me choose Mississippi State was Coach Croom. The team wasn't that good when I first got here but I wanted to change that and I wanted to be a part of that."

Smith led MSU in receiving last season hauling in 33 passes for 510 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one of the biggest days of any Bulldog in history last season against Arkansas when he caught 10 passes for 208 yards and two scores.

In all, Smith has seen action in 29 games throughout his career drawing 11 starting calls. Smith has brought in 60 passes for 954 yards and five touchdowns.

But despite all his current success, Smith remembers the long road and the hard work it took to reach his goals.

"Being a walk-on, you won't be treated like everybody else," Smith said. "But you have to work hard everyday and you have to do extra stuff to show that you are able to play at this level. That is all part of being a walk-on and I don't regret it."

The six-foot, 183-pounder from East Point, Ga., was hampered throughout fall camp with tendonitis which put him behind schedule to start the season.

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