Clark Mountain Musings

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Brad Smith will be a tough act to follow (no doubt)

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel knew what type of quarterback he had in Brad Smith when he recruited him out of Youngstown, Ohio. He just had no idea that the young player would adapt to the college game so quickly.

Smith holds 59 Mizzou, Big 12 and NCAA records, including the NCAA career rushing record for quarterbacks (4,139 yards). He is also the first quarterback to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career.

Coaches whom Smith has faced can all recall jaw-dropping moments when Smith made a play when no play seemed possible.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops remembers the first time he faced Smith, on Oct. 5, 2002. Oklahoma won the game 31-24 after a fake field goal, but not before Smith shocked the No. 3 Sooners with 26 carries for 213 yards and two touchdowns and 391 yards of total offense.

God bless Brad Smith


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