Thursday, December 1, 2011
Kevin Smith RB Detroit Lions
Kevin Smith set all kinds of records when he was a running back at UCF, he broke Marcus Allen's season carry record with 450 carries in his senior year, and rushed for over 2,500 yards just 62 short of breaking Barry Sanders' record. That year he received 55 Heisman votes and 3 first place votes, even though he was from UCF.
The Detroit Lions picked him with the first pick of the third round of the 2008 draft, and became one of the only bright spots of that dreadful 0-16 season. He was among the leagues best for rookies in nearly every rushing category, just failing to hit the 1,000 yard mark. Then injuries began to set in with an ACL tear in 2009 that never seemed fully healed in 2010. That led to the Lions not tendering an offer to him and allowing him to walk, where he never garnered much interest.
Then after working him out in November, he apparently looked too good to pass up. He became the teams starting running back against the Carolina Panthers and busted out for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. Head Coach Jim Schwartz then labeled him "the best story in the NFL."
The honeymoon didn't last too long, against the Packers he was carted off with a non-contact injury, which turned out to be just an ankle sprain. Now he hopes to continue his comeback season if he can get back on to the field against the New Orleans Saints.