The junior ran for 118 yards _ trailing only his career-high total against Delaware State two years ago _ on just nine carries in a 31-3 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Smith was overlooked when Hoke picked Fitzgerald Toussaint to be the lead back 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.
The 5-foot-6, 180-pound Smith had only one carry in the first half against Eastern Michigan and made the most of it with a 38-yard gain.
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