Round 5: Chiefs Draft RB Kolby Smith

OVERVIEW
The cousin of the Chicago Bears’ standout safety, Mike Brown, Kolby has been a versatile performer for the Cardinals. The son of Gloria and Thomas Smith excelled on the football field and in the classroom at Rickards High School. He was a four-time Honor Roll member and earned a three-star rating while being ranked as the nation’s 10th-best all-purpose back by TheInsiders.com. He earned first team All-Big Bend Area honors and was also named a Big Bend Area Super Six Senior, in addition to being nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He garnered running back MVP honors at the 2002 Tuscaloosa Nike Camp and earned team MVP, first-team All-District and honorable mention All-State honors during his junior and senior campaigns. Kolby was selected to play in the Cali/Florida All-Star game.

Smith tallied over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing as a senior. He played on both sides of the ball as a junior, notching 105 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles while also rushing for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns on 88 carries. Kolby started at full-back as a sophomore, blocking for All-American running back Michael Fisher who ran for more than 2,000 yards and 30 scores. He also logged 533 yards and eight scores on 30 carries as a sophomore. The two-sport star also finished ninth at the state track meet in the 110 high hurdles as a junior.

Smith enrolled at Louisville in 2003, appearing in 12 games as a reserve tailback. He rushed 18 times for 131 yards (7.3 avg) and one touchdown. He also recorded four tackles (2 solos) on special teams and caught three passes for 51 yards (17.0 avg). In 2004, he was limited to only 10 games due to a right hamstring strain. He totaled 347 yards with four touchdowns on 37 attempts, leading the team with a 9.4-yard average. He also snared 11 passes for 117 yards (10.6 avg) and a score.

As a junior, Smith missed the Memphis and West Virginia games, but he started three of 10 contests he appeared in, finishing third on the team with 523 yards and six touchdowns on 107 rushes (4.9 avg). He hauled in 18 passes for 196 yards (10.9 avg) and a score while adding three tackles (2 solos) on the coverage units.

With Michael Bush injured during the season opener, Smith took over tailback duties in 2006, starting nine of 12 games. The NFL Draft Report’s second-team All-Big East Conference pick led the team with a career-high 780 yards on 138 carries (5.7 avg) with seven touchdowns. He also ranked fourth on the squad with 183 yards on 22 catches (8.3 avg).

In 44 games at Louisville, Smith started 14 times. He carried the ball 300 times for 1,781 yards (5.9 avg) and 18 touchdowns. He added 547 yards and two scores on 54 receptions (10.1 avg). Kolby also recorded seven tackles (4 solos).

CAREER NOTES
Ranks 12th in school history with 1,781 yards rushing, becoming the 23rd player in Louisville annals to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career…His average of 5.9 yards per rushing attempt rank third on the school’s all-time record list behind Tom Lucia (7.4 avg, 1947-50) and Lenny Lyles (7.0 avg, 1954-57)…His average of 9.4 yards per carry in 2004 was the highest average of any Cardinals runner in a season at Louisville.

2006 SEASON
All-Big East Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Led the team with a career-high 780 yards on 138 carries (5.7 avg) with seven touchdowns…Also ranked fourth on the squad with 22 receptions for 183 yards (8.3 avg)… Gained 963 all-purpose yards, an average of 80.3 yards per game…41 of Smith’s 138 carries produced first downs…He converted 4-of-17 third-down plays and 2-of-3 fourth downs…24 of his runs were good for 10 yards or longer, including seven for at least 20 yards…Had critical runs that set up 15 touchdown drives…Was tackled 12 times behind the line of scrimmage and had 11 runs that resulted in no gain…Carried 17 times inside the red zone, with 10 of those attempts coming on goal-line plays.

2005 SEASON
Smith appeared in 10 games, starting at tailback vs. Rutgers, Syracuse and Connecticut…Kolby missed the west Virginia and Cincinnati clashes due to a knee injury…Finished third on the team with 523 yards and six touchdowns on 107 carries (4.9 avg)…Added 196 yards and a score on eighteen receptions (10.9 avg)…Also recorded three tacklers (2 solos).

2004 SEASON
Smith appeared in ten games, earning his first career start vs. Connecticut… Kolby led Cardinals rushers with an average of 9.4 yards per carry, gaining 347 yards with four touchdowns on 37 tries…He also caught 11 passes for 117 yards (10.6 avg), including one score.

2003 SEASON
Played in 12 games as a reserve tailback…Rushed 18 times for 131 yards (7.3 avg) and a touchdown…Caught three passes for 51 yards (17.0 avg) and recorded four tackles (2 solos) on the punt coverage unit.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Rickards (Tallahassee, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Algie Hendrieth…Excelled on the football field and in the classroom…Four-time Honor Roll member and earned a three-star rating while being ranked as the nation’s 10th-best all-purpose back by TheInsiders.com…Earned first team All-Big Bend Area honors and was also named a Big Bend Area Super Six Senior, in addition to being nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award…Garnered running back MVP honors at the 2002 Tuscaloosa Nike Camp and earned team MVP, first-team All-District and honorable mention All-State honors during his junior and senior campaigns…Selected to play in the Cali/Florida All-Star game…Tallied over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing as a senior…Played on both sides of the ball as a junior, notching 105 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles while also rushing for 947 yards and ten touchdowns on 88 carries… Started at fullback as a sophomore, blocking for All-American running back Michael Fisher who ran for more than 2,000 yards and 30 scores. He also logged 533 yards and eight scores on 30 carries as a sophomore…The two-sport star also finished ninth at the state track meet in the 110 high hurdles as a junior.

PERSONAL
Sports Administration major…Cousin of Chicago Bears strong safety, Mike Brown…Son of Gloria and Thomas Smith…Born 12/15/84…Resides in Tallahassee, Florida.


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