Louisville RB Jeremy Smith will transfer to another school to spend his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Smith’s father, Craig Williams, told the Courier Journal Monday night that Smith has no ill-will toward U of L, he just wants to spend his final college season as an every down back somewhere. He did not think that opportunity would be available to him next season with the Cardinals.
Williams said his son had only good experiences at Louisville but is seeking a chance to earn more playing time as an every-down back.
“He doesn’t want anything negative,” Williams said. “… He loved Louisville. That’s the place where he grew up and became a man. He loved the city and the fans. The system just doesn’t work for him.”
Williams added that Smith is not bitter about anything and that “I have to support my son and his sentiment, and he wants to leave.”
Smith rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015, and 382 yards and eight scores a year later. In both seasons he was Louisville’s third-leading rusher. He appeared in U of L’s 2017 season-opener against Purdue, but was diagnosed with a fractured toe the next week and was deemed out for the rest of the year.
In addition to Smith, Louisville is also losing graduated seniors Reggie Bonnafon and Malik Williams at the running back position. Redshirt freshman Dae Williams and true freshman Colin Wilson will both be back to compete for the starting spot in the spring.
Best of luck to Jeremy wherever he goes from here.