Sure, UCF’s defensive backs coach was the defensive coordinator at FAU as recently as two seasons ago.
But I’m not interested in Corey Bell.
Yeah, yeah, the Owls’ and Knights’ athletic directors are brothers, big freaking deal.
But I’m not interested in Danny or Brian White.
What I’m interested in is the fact that Florida Atlantic’s running backs coach is also the greatest running back in UCF program history.
Hi there, Kevin Smith.
No, not the one that made a bunch of cool movies back in the day. The one that led the entire NCAA in rushing yards in 2007. Kevin eventually was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2008 and went on to play a few seasons in the pros before moving into coaching.
Smith is still #1 all-time at UCF in the following categories:
- carries (905)
- rushing yards (4,679)
- rushing touchdowns (45)
- total touches (960)
- total scrimmage yards (5,123)
- total touchdowns (55)
Oh and second in career yards per carry for players with over 200 carries.
Let me give you a little perspective. When Smith led the NCAA in rushing yards in 2007, he finished with 2,567 yards and 24 touchdowns. That single season by itself would have him second all-time in yards and fourth all-time in touchdowns on the career list at UCF.
Sure that’s partly because UCF is such a young program, but that’s still mind-boggling to think about. There have been only 16 instances of a player going over 2,100 rushing yards in a season, but Smith hit that mark in the next-to-last regular season game against UTEP.
When he cracked off 284 yards in the finale against Tulsa, it was only his second best game of the season, because he racked up 320 against UAB.
He became the first running back since Barry Sanders to top 2,500 yards in a season – falling just 62 yards shy of Sanders’ all-time, single-season record – despite tallying only 55 yards in Week 6 against South Florida.
Need I say more? OK let’s just show you instead.
Kevin “24K” Smith is now the running backs coach at FAU, and his prime student is Devin Singletary.
You know Devin? The guy who rushed for 1,918 yards and 32 touchdowns before Kevin became his mentor?
It’s scary to think what a running back like Singletary could achieve with some insight and coaching from a player of Smith’s caliber, and I really hope he realizes that potential.
Just… starting next week, maybe?