NMSU Football BIO
20 Seth Smith

2009 (Junior): Smith came into the 2009 season as a walk-on running back but quickly took over the starting role just two games into the season. Smith had a tremendous year for the Aggies, as he became just the third individual since 1969 (Denvis Manns and Chris Barnes) to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and recorded the first 1,000-yard rushing season since 2000. Smith tallied 1,016 yards on the year on 246 carries and a touchdown. He recorded five 100-yard rushing games, which ties him for 12th most in a single season in school history. His first 100-yard rushing game of the season came against Prairie View A&M (9/12), as he rushed for a career-best 150 yards on 25 carries. He narrowly missed his second 100-yard game against UTEP (9/19), when he rumbled for 99 yards. Smith helped the Aggies beat New Mexico (9/26) for the first time since 2002, as he rushed for his second 100-yard game of the year, with 113 yards on a then career-high 31 carries. Two games later, Smith scored his first career touchdown against Utah State (10/10) and again just missed the 100-yard mark, as he rushed for 98 yards. His third 100-yard rushing game of the season came against Fresno State (10/24). Against the Bulldogs, Smith also had his longest run of the season, a 70-yard carry. At San Jose State (11/28), Smith had his second-best rushing total of the year, as he carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards. Going into the final game of the season, Smith needed 98 yards to break the 1,000-yard mark. Against the No. 5 team in the nation, Boise State (12/5), Smith would carry the ball a career-high 35 times for 114 yards. Smith also caught 11 passes for 48 yards on the season.

2008: Smith did not compete in 2008.

College of Sequoias: Smith spent two seasons at the College of Sequoias as the Giants’ leading rusher. In 2007, Smith rushed for 580 yards on 122 carries and 14 touchdowns, while averaging 4.8 yards a carry. His best game came against De Anza when he rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns. Smith also caught nine passes for 51 yards, returned two kickoffs for 36 yards and led the Giants in scoring with 84 points on the season. He led the team with 66.7 all-purpose yards a game. For his efforts during the 2007 football season, Smith earned all-conference honors and was rated by Rivals.com as a top-10 running back out of a junior college in the nation. Smith was also a preseason All-American candidate in 2007. In 2006, Smith rushed for five touchdowns and 250 yards while backing up current Illinois running back Daniel Dufrene.

High School: Smith led the Oakland Technical High School Bulldogs to an 8-4 record in his senior season where the team lost in the Silver Bowl. Smith and the Bulldogs lost in the playoffs in his junior season, but in 2004 coach Delton Edwards and Smith led Oakland Tech to a 9-1 record and a Silver Bowl Championship.

Personal: Smith was born Dec. 14, 1987, and is the son of Glen and Celeste Smith. He is majoring in creative media.

Position: Running Back
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 198
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Oakland, Calif.
High School: College of the Sequoias
Experience: Transfer

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