September 12, 2006
BC-Clemson hits & misses; the hits
Hits and Misses, Part One: The Hits
Saturday's battle was an unforgettable clash that reminded us all why we love college football. However, like any other contest, this game revealed both areas to praise and areas of concern on the team. In this first half of "Hits and Misses," we'll focus on three positive things made evident on Saturday afternoon.
Observers often differentiate between track speed and football speed; as it turns out, Jeff Smith has both. The big special teams story coming into Saturday's game was the Clemson return game, which boasted a duo touted to be the two fastest kick returners in college football by some pundits. However, Jacoby Ford and C.J. Spiller managed only 74 yards on 4 returns, while Smith exploded for 213 yards on his 5 returns. Smith's long talked about but yet unseen speed had already intoxicated Eagle fans before Saturday's performance, and those fans can now feel free to get even more excited about a genuine talent who could just rewrite a few entries in the record books before he's finished wearing a BC uniform. Smith is already looking like the ultimate example of just how subjective and fallible the recruiting process can be. In retrospect, it's already difficult to view him as the three-star recruit he was once considered to be, but then again, Willie Williams was universally regarded as a five-star recruit at the same stage of his development. BC may not have earned widespread national accolades for their recruiting class last year, but Eagle fans are happy to trade the hype in February for the results in September.
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