Running Backs Coach
First Year at
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
He brings credentials as a coach in a high-profile program and playing experience to the
“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
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.
?* 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
?* 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
?* No. 2 career receiver at
?* Led the Big Eight and was seventh nationally with 70 receptions for 816 yards as
?* 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
Family: Daughers Kylie and Kenzie
Recruiting Areas: San Diego/Orange Counties
2006 Rice, running backs coach
Smith in Bowl Games
2006 New Orleans Bowl, Rice coach
2003 ’04 Fiesta Bowl,
2002 Holiday Bowl,
2000 ’01 Cotton Bowl,
1999 Holiday Bowl,
1998 Alamo Bowl,
1997 Fiesta Bowl,
1996 ’97 Cotton Bowl,
1995 Holiday Bowl,
1993 Copper Bowl,