Arkansas Razorbacks Hope To Lighten Smith’s Load

by 7 on September 24, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas coaches think Michael Smith can do more with less.

Ideally, the junior tailback’s workload in the running game and as a blocker will be scaled back. By doing that, Smith should be fresher, later in games and be in position to better use his versatility.

Smith has emerged as a serious playmaker for the Razorbacks offense so far. He finished with 157 all-purpose yards in last week’s 49-14 loss to Alabama, making plays as a runner and receiver.

Getting additional Arkansas running backs involved – particularly in the running game – is a focal point this week as the Razorbacks (2-1) prepare for No. 7 Texas. Smith doesn’t have the frame to withstand pounding game after game.
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