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Musa Smith


Height: 6-1

Weight: 232

Position: RB

College: Georgia

Drafted: Pick 13 of the 3rd round by Baltimore
Analysis
Positives: Quick-twitch runner with no hesitation in his initial burst...Hits the holes with authority and has superb field vision...Cuts back to the lanes with effortless grace and has good juking moves through the holes...Breaks tackles with his powerful leg drive...Lowers his head and drives forward with tremendous force, causing defenders to bounce off him...shows great balance in his running stride...Shifty runner around the corner with incredible acceleration...Protects the ball securely and shows good hands in the short area passing game...Willing blocker who knows how to use his hands to get under the defender.
Negatives: Has had problems overcoming minor injuries...Lacks elusive running skills, showing little hip swerve, as he prefers to run through tacklers...More comfortable in the short passing game, as he tends to look sloppy coming out of his breaks on deep routes...Needs to do a better job of being aware when the opponent is blitzing, in order to lend support as a blocker...Has never been the team's "main weapon" until 2002, serving more in a complimentary role while sharing playing time at tailback.
Career Notes
Outstanding open field runner who has played a major role in the team's offensive success since arriving on campus as a freshman...A consummate team player who shared tailback duties earlier in his career, he emerged as a punishing inside force for the Bull- dogs in 2002...Finished his career with 454 carries for 2202 yards (4.9 avg) and 19 touch-downs, as he started 18 of 31 games...Became only the eleventh player in school history to rush for over 2000 yards in a career (ranks eighth on the Bulldogs' all-time record list)... Known for his clutch receiving skills, he managed to gain 187 yards on 27 catches (6.9 avg).
2002 Season

Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches...Recipient of the Hugar and Elizabeth Wilkes Endowed Football Scholarship...Was a major part of a Georgia offense that ranked first in the SEC and 22nd nationally in scoring offense (32.6 ppg), third in passing offense (254.6 ppg), and fourth in total offense (393.3)...Started every game, except vs. Kentucky (injury)...Gained a career-high 1324 yards with eight touchdowns on 260 carries (5.1 avg)...Only Garrison Hearst (1594 yards in 1992) and Herschel Walker (1616 in 1980, 1891 in 1981 and 1752 in 1982) ran for more yards in a season for the Bull- dogs...Caught 15 passes for 107 yards (7.1 avg)...Gained over 100 yards rushing nine times.


Clemson...Opened the season with 105 yards on 23 tries and 16 yards on 4 catches.
South Carolina...Followed with 27 runs for 103 yards.
Northwestern State (La.)...Only played the first quarter, but totaled 70 yards on 8 attempts and 39 yards on a pair of catches.
New Mexico State...Rushed 12 times for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Alabama...Became the only player to run for over 100 yards vs. the Crimson Tide in 2002, as he carried 21 times for 126 yards and a 15-yard score.
Tennessee...Held to a season-low 29 yards on 19 chances.
Vanderbilt...Carried 14 times for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught 3 passes for 31 yards.
Kentucky...Sat out the game after undergoing thumb surgery to repair a broken bone on October 22nd.
Florida...Returned to action the following week, responding with 22 runs for 100 yards.
Mississippi...Carried a career-high 37 times for 148 yards...His 37 runs rank eighth on the school's game-record list.
Auburn...Totaled 90 yards on 15 runs.
Georgia Tech...Rushed 20 times for 121 yards and a 1-yard score.
Arkansas (SEC Championship)...Added touchdowns of 2 & 17 yards as he carried 19 times for 106 yards.
Florida State (Sugar Bowl)...Closed out his career with 23 attempts for 145 yards.
2001 Season

Appeared in nine games, starting five contests during an injury-plagued sophomore campaign...Carried 119 times for 548 yards (4.6 avg) and six touchdowns...Added 87 yards on 10 catches (8.7 avg)...Bothered most of the second half of the year by a hip flexor/groin injury (osteitis pubis stomach and groin muscle tore away from the pubic bone), missing the Kentucky and Mississippi contests while seeing limited action vs. Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech.


Preseason...Missed most of spring drills with a broken bone in his foot.
Arkansas State...Began the year in explosive fashion, gaining 158 yards on 20 tries with 5, 3 & 49-yard scores.
South Carolina...Followed with 76 yards on 22 chances and 40 yards on 5 catches.
Arkansas...Had 3 receptions for 39 yards and 25 attempts for 95 yards.
Vanderbilt...Rushed 9 times for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns before injuring his groin.
Boston College (Music City Bowl)...Saw limited action with one carry for a 5-yard gain.
2000 Season

Freshman All-American third-team pick by The Sporting News...Knoxville News Sentinel SEC All-Freshman team choice...Played in nine games, starting the final two contests... Carried 75 times for 330 yards (4.4 avg) and five touchdowns...Caught two passes for minus 7 yards and returned four kickoffs for 93 yards (23.3 avg).


Georgia Southern...Began his career with 9 runs for 58 yards and a 2-yard score.
South Carolina...Suffered a left knee sprain, missing most of the game.
New Mexico State...Did not play (knee).
Tennessee...Had 11 runs for 47 yards and a 1-yard touchdown...Also had a 36-yard kick- off return.
Vanderbilt...Re-injured his knee.
Kentucky...Did not play (knee).
Florida...Totaled 50 yards with a pair of scores on 12 tries.
Mississippi...In his first career start, he rushed 21 times for 152 yards.
Injury Report
Suffered a knee sprain vs. South Carolina in 2000, missing the New Mexico State game... Re-injured the knee vs. Vanderbilt, sitting out vs. Kentucky in 2000...Missed most of 2001 spring drills with a broken bone in his foot...Bothered most of the second half of the 2001 season with a hip flexor/groin injury (osteitis pubis stomach and groin muscle tore away from the pubic bone), missing the Kentucky and Mississippi contests while seeing limited action vs. Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech...Missed the 2002 Kentucky game after undergoing surgery (10/22) to repair a broken bone in his thumb.
Campus Agility Tests
4.58 in the 40-yard dash...360-pound bench press...500-pound squat...33.5-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

31 7/8 8 14 35 1/2 10'3"


High School
Attended West Perry (Pa.) High...Named USA Today Honorable Mention All-USA. Super Prep All-American and was a finalist for Pennsylvania Player of the Year...Pennsylvania Big School All-State first-team, Carlisle Sentinel Player of the Year and Mid-Pennsylvania Capital Division Offensive MVP...Rushed for 2041 yards and 32 touchdowns on 214 carries (9.5 avg) as a senior...Four times he gained more than 200 yards in a game...Three-year starter who rushed for 4117 career yards on 478 carries (8.6 avg) and 54 touchdowns...Led the team to the District 3 AAA finals in his senior season...Coached by Al Ream.
Personal
Sports Studies major...Born 5/31/82...Resides in Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania.
RUSHING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG

2000 09 02 75 330 4.4 5 40 36.67

2001 09 05 119 548 4.6 6 49 60.89

2002 13 11 260 1324 5.1 8 32 101.85

TOTAL 31 18 454 2202 4.9 19 49 71.03
RECEIVING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS

YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG

2000 2 -7 -3.5 0 -3 4 93 23.3 0 36

2001 10 87 8.7 0 17

2002 15 107 7.1 0 26

TOTAL 27 187 6.9 0 26 4 93 23.3 0 36



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