December 31, 2010

Smith finally staying healthy

Mississippi State will play its final game of the 2010 season tomorrow and sophomore guard Tobias Smith is still standing.

After missing most of his first two seasons for the Bulldogs with numerous ankle injuries, the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has finally stayed healthy and shown the maroon and white faithful what he can do in the trenches.

"It's a blessing," Smith said of his health status. "I thank the Big Man above. This season has been very good. It would be a lot better if we were undefeated. With me being so old I kind of understand a lot. I'm just enjoying playing football."

Smith was pegged as a potential starter in both his true freshman and redshirt freshmen seasons but injuries to both ankles during fall camp ended his bids to crack the starting rotation. He managed to return for three games in 2009 and has appeared in 11 contests this season earning one start against Florida as he rotates with Gabe Jackson at right guard.

The Columbus, Miss., native recorded a tackle against LSU and also scooped up a fumble this season against Alcorn State, gaining 12-yards on the play. Smith signaled for the first down after his rumble although he came up just shy of the marker.

Neither head coach Dan Mullen nor running backs coach Greg Knox were willing to critique Smith on his form and do not seem have plans for him to receive any carries in the future despite his pleas.

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