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The Cardinal Countdown: 12 Days Until Kickoff

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#12 Trey Smith

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-0/220

Position: Running back

Hometown: Madison, MS

Twitter: @Trey12smith

Thoughts: Smith came to the Cards as an “athlete” and it appears Petrino is still trying to find out exactly where to best utilize Trey’s talents on the team. Smith came in listed as a wideout, shifted to running back, moved over to inside linebacker, and now appears to be getting the majority of his reps back at running back. He has good size, good speed, and most importantly a solid knowledge of the game (having an NFL great for a father doesn’t hurt). If he sticks at running back I can’t imagine him getting a ton of reps this season with Radcliff, Scott, Jeremy Smith, and Malin taking the bulk of the carries, but 2017 sets up okay with the departure of Radcliff and Malin. Of course, he’ll be fighting with fellow underclassmen Dae Williams, and Malik Staples as well. Someone mentioned last year that Trey could have a “Percy Harvin” type role on the team, and while I may buy into that in regards to his flexibility...he ain’t got Harvin speed. Maybe a "Reggie in waiting"? We'll see.

Although it’s a great problem to have, depth at the three major positions Trey played in high school (QB/WR/RB) is pretty solid right now across the board. The good news is that since Trey took a redshirt, even if he has limited involvement this season we still have him for three more years. Looking forward to seeing how Petrino works Trey into the offense the next couple years…or the defense…or special teams. I’ll let him be the one to figure it out.

Sweet Tweet:

Not to overshadow Trey, but his pops was one of the best to do it (Jimmy Smith). In fact, the Jaguars announced a few weeks ago that he would be just the 6th member to be inducted into “The Pride of The Jaguars” or the team’s Hall of Fame of sorts, later this year. Congrats to Trey and his family, pretty cool honor.