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ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) - Vincent Smith is used to getting overlooked.
Looks like it’s happening again.
The junior ran for 118 yards _ trailing only his career-high total against Delaware State two years ago _ on nine carries in a 31-3 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
“Until you analyze it, look at it and really evaluate, I would hate to say that,” Hoke said in his postgame news conference.
The Wolverines (3-0) broke into The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season at No. 22 Sunday. They host San Diego State, Hoke’s former employer, after the Aztecs beat Washington State 42-24 and improved to 3-0 for the first time in 30 years.
When Hoke made his debut as Michigan’s coach, he chose Fitzgerald Toussaint to start in the season-opening win against Western Michigan. When Toussaint was injured and didn’t play against Notre Dame, Michael Shaw and Stephen Hopkins got a shot.
Smith had only one carry in the first half against Eastern Michigan and made the most of it with a 38-yard gain. After Toussaint didn’t gain a yard on his first attempt of the second half, Smith ran for 27 yards on his first carry, 5 the next and ran for 14 yards on a pitch in the scoring drive.
“It’s all about the team,” Smith said when asked about his performance.
But Smith sounds as if he’s ready to carry the load if needed.
“How many ever carries I need for the team to win, that’s how many I can handle,” Smith said.
“That’s huge,” Hoke said.
Smith is not.
The 5-foot-6, 180-pound native of Pahokee, Fla., is small, but really strong for his size and is regarded as the best blocker out of the backfield.
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