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March 26, 2013

Smith prepares to become OSU's featured running back

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STILLWATER — “My goals pretty much are just keep my starting job, make sure that I’m being that leader for our group,” Smith said. “Making sure that everybody’s here on time, working hard and stuff like that. I also want to keep pushing myself to be better.”

One of the biggest differences for Smith this season? He’s trying to be more effective out of the backfield when it comes to Oklahoma State’s pass-happy offense.

 “(Catching passes) is always something to work on because it really helps your game,” Smith said. “It makes you more of a dual threat running back. It’s always important every year.”

But Smith isn’t the only one hoping to make an impact for the Cowboys this season in the backfield. Guys like Desmond Roland and Caleb Muncrief are starting to develop larger roles, sliding into the spot Smith occupied last season.

“Desmond is growing and getting better each and every day,” Smith said. “He’s becoming more of a leader, too. That’s just the best thing about him. … Young Caleb is coming along.”

Even so, Smith knows that when the Cowboys take the field against Mississippi State all eyes will be on him. But after three years of waiting, he says he doesn’t feel like there’s as much pressure to become the next great back at a school that has been known as Running Back U.

“There’s not really more pressure,” Smith said. “We both have our own different running styles. He did what he had to do and now it’s my time.”

 

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