5  Lance Smith
Lance Smith

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Warren, OH

High School:
Howland HS

Last College:
Wisconsin

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 205

Position:
RB

Birthdate:
12/06/1987

Experience:
1L


2009:


Played in eight of 12 games at running back and on special teams...Finished the season ranked third on the team in rushing attempts (46)...Ranked fourth on the team in rushing yards (149), kick returns (9) and kick return yards (183)...Tallied one 100-yard kick return game...Averaged 49.5 all purpose yards per game and 3.2 yards per rush...Also totaled 10 receptions for 64 yards...Ten of his rushing attempts were for first downs or touchdowns...Made his Memphis debut in the season opener against Ole Miss and rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries...Had three rushes for gains of 10 yards or more...Also returned four kickoffs for 62 yards, with a long return of 30 yards...Totaled 148 all-purpose yards against Middle Tennessee, garnering his first 100-yard kick return game with 121 yards on five carries...Also hauled in two receptions for 19 yards ...Scored his first rushing touchdown with Memphis in the fourth quarter on a three-yard run...Ran for 12 yards on eight carries against UT Martin...Also had 10 yards receiving on two catches...Had four carries for 13 yards against Marshall and a career-high four receptions for 14 yards...Made his first career start against UCF, and led the team with 35 yards rushing on eight attempts...Also had one reception of 14 yards...Rushed six times against UTEP for 19 yards...Credited with one rush for two yards against East Carolina...Did not play in the final four games...Suffered a fracture to his lower leg during a practice in the spring...Required surgery and continued rehabbing in the summer...Is hopeful for a return to the field in the fall.

2008:


Transferred to Memphis from Wisconsin in fall 2008, and was not able to participate in games in 2008 due to NCAA transfer guidelines...Was able to practice with the team...Was presented with one of the Top Newcomer Awards at the 2009 Blue-Gray Game.

At Wisconsin:

Played in eight games in 2007...Was the team's third-leading rusher (436 yards on 71 carries)...Averaged 6.0 yards per carry...Ran the ball six times for 23 yards in the 2008 Outback Bowl against 16th-ranked Tennessee...Gained 52 yards on 10 carries before leaving with injury late in second quarter of upset win over 13th-ranked Michigan...Carried 15 times for career highs of 79 yards and two TDs in win over Indiana...Rushed for first TD of season in win over Northern Illinois...Rushed for 54 yards on just six carries in win over 23rd-ranked Michigan State...Carried seven times for 77 yards (including career-long 56-yard run) in win over The Citadel...Played in 12 games in 2006...Team's second-leading rusher with 345 yards and five TDs...Rushed for fifth TD of season in win over Buffalo...Logged career-high 21 carries for 46 yards and a TD in relief of injured starter P.J. Hill...Accumulated 21 yards on three carries, including an eight-yard TD run, at Purdue...Totaled six carries for 40 yards, including a 25-yard TD run, vs. Northwestern...Logged 19 carries for career-high 65 yards and his first TD at Indiana...Rushed eight times for 41 yards in collegiate debut vs. Bowling Green...Registered the most yards rushing for a Badger true freshman in a season-opener since 1996.

Prep:

Played for coach Dick Angle at Howland High...Listed among top 100 players on "ESPN 150" list of the nation's top recruits...PrepStar "Dream Team" All-American...Rated among the top 30 players in Ohio and the No. 19 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com...Rated among top 45 running backs in the nation according to Scout.com...Ranked among top 40 players in the Midwest by Superprep...Earned all-county, all-district and all-conference honors...Two-time team MVP and captain...Rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 TDs, and accumulated more than 2,500 all-purpose yards, as a senior...Rushed for 1,755 yards and 18 TDs as a junior...Earned three letters in football and one in basketball.

Personal:

Lance Smith is the son of Audreana Smith and Andre Williams...Born Dec. 6, 1987, in Warren, Ohio.

Smith's Career Rushing Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2006* 12/0 95 345 3.6 5 25
2007* 8/0 71 429 6.0 3 56
2009 8/1 46 149 3.2 1 15
TOTAL 28/1 212 923 4.4 9 56

Smith's CareerKick ReturnStatistics
YR G NO YDS TD LG AVG
2009 8 9 183 0 37 20.3

Smith's Career Highs
Rushing Yards 79 (Indiana 2007)
Rushing Attempts 21 (Illinois 2006)
Long Run 56 (The Citadel 2007)
Rushing Touchdowns 2 (Indiana 2007)
Receptions 4 (vs. Marshall 2009)
Receiving Yards 19 (at Middle Tennessee 2009)
Long Reception 18 (at Middle Tennessee 2009)
Kick Returns 5 (at Middle Tennessee 2009)
Kick Return Yards 121 (at Middle Tennessee 2009)
Long Kick Return 37 (at Middle Tennessee 2009)

Smith's Game-By-Game
Rushing Opponent NO YDS AVG TDS LG
9/6/09 Ole Miss 10 63 6.3 0 15
9/12/09 MTSU 7 8 1.1 1 3
9/19/09 UT Martin 8 12 1.5 0 9
9/26/09 Marshall 4 13 3.3 0 7
10/3/09* UCF 8 35 4.4 0 12
10/10/09 UTEP 6 19 3.2 0 7
10/17/09 Southern Miss 2 (-3) (-1.5) 0 1
10/27/09 East Carolina 1 2 2.0 0 2
11/7/09 Tennessee DNP
11/14/09 UAB DNP
11/21/09 Houston DNP
11/27/09 Tulsa DNP

Smith's Game-By-Game
Kick Return Opponent NO YDS TD LG AVG
9/6/09 Ole Miss 4 62 0 30 15.5
9/12/09 MTSU 5 121 0 37 24.2
9/19/09 UT Martin 0 0 0 0 0.0

*at Wisconsin




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