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Michael Smith bio
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 15, 2007
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Michael Smith

Running Backs Coach


First Year at Arizona

13th Year in Coaching



            Smith joined Mike Stoops’ staff in February 2007 to coach running backs after a year in the same capacity at Rice and a long tenure coaching the position at Kansas State.


            He brings credentials as a coach in a high-profile program and playing experience to the Arizona equation, plus has familiarity with UA’s leader through past working association with Stoops at K-State. The two worked under Bill Snyder for four seasons from 1995-98.


            “Michael’s track record with running backs is phenomenal,” said Stoops. “He did a great job with the rushing game in Rice’s breakout year and also during his time at Kansas State. He’s fully aware of what we’re doing on offense at Arizona and he’s committed to helping this program meet the expectations that we all have for it.”


            Smith spent the 2006 season helping Rice to a 7-6 record, advancing to its first bowl game in 45 seasons. He coached a 1,000-yard running back for the fifth consecutive year.


Career Highlights


?* Coached Rice senior Quinton Smith to 1,096 yards in 2006, only the sixth Owls’ RB in history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.


?* Helped develop six Kansas State running backs into National Football League players ?- Darren Sproles, Rock Cartwright, Joe Hall, Josh Scobey, Frank Murphy and David Allen.


?* Coached Darren Sproles to 4,979-yard career from 2001-04, with 24 games of more than 100 yards and a 6.1 average per carry. He posted a Kansas State-record 1,986 yards on 306 totes in 2003.


?* Coached each of the top career running backs in history at K-State ?- Sproles (4,979), Eric Hickson (2,537) and Mike Lawrence (2,265). Coached four successive KSU 1,000-yard rushers in Josh Scobey (2001) and Sproles (2002-04).


?* Led RBs to school-record 53 rushing touchdowns at Kansas State in 2002, and 254 total in nine years.


?* No. 2 career receiver at Kansas State. Four-year letterman and a career receiving total of 179 receptions for 2,547 yards as a Kansas State player, second-best catches total and third-best yardage total in league history at the time. Nine 100-yard games, including three above 170 to set standards on school single-game list.

?* Led the Big Eight and was seventh nationally with 70 receptions for 816 yards as Kansas State sophomore receiver in 1989. Single-game record with 13 catches for 166 yards vs. Missouri. Had 46 catches for 796 yards as a junior and 55 for 768 yards as a senior.


?* All-Big Eight honors in 1989 and 1991.

?* Third-team All-America honors as a senior receiver at K-State in 1991. Honorable mention All-America in 1989.


?* Played for Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL in 1992, started coaching career as student assistant in 1993 at K-State.



The Smith File

Date of birth:          Nov. 21, 1970

Hometown:            New Orleans, La.

High School:          Jesuit High School, New Orleans

College:                Kansas State, 1995

Family:                 Daughers Kylie and Kenzie

Recruiting Areas:   San Diego/Orange Counties

Coaching History

2006               Rice, running backs coach

2005               Kansas State, running backs coach

2004               Kansas State, running backs coach

2003               Kansas State, running backs coach

2002               Kansas State, running backs coach

2001               Kansas State, running backs coach

2000               Kansas State, running backs coach

1999               Kansas State, running backs coach

1998               Kansas State, running backs coach

1997               Kansas State, running backs coach

1995-96           Kansas State, offensive graduate assistant


Smith in Bowl Games

2006         New Orleans Bowl, Rice coach

2003         ’04 Fiesta Bowl, Kansas State coach

2002         Holiday Bowl, Kansas State coach

2001, Kansas State coach

2000         ’01 Cotton Bowl, Kansas State coach

1999         Holiday Bowl, Kansas State coach

1998         Alamo Bowl, Kansas State coach

1997         Fiesta Bowl, Kansas State coach

1996         ’97 Cotton Bowl, Kansas State GA

1995         Holiday Bowl, Kansas State GA

1993         Copper Bowl, Kansas State student asst.




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