It's All in the Sack
Smith is known to MU football fans for sacking quarterbacks, but a fractured hip against Kansas State last month nearly put a cloud over all his achievements.
"On the way to the hospital, I was thinking the worst. I was thinking I might not be able to play anymore, forever. I didn't know what they were going to tell me. After they told me it was broke, I cried over that," said Smith.
However, Smith's right fractured hip did not require surgery and was not a career threatening injury.But it was an injury that kept him out for the remaining four games of the regular season, including Senior Day against Kansas.
"He was telling me how he wish he could play, he missed being out there with us. It kind of makes you sad for him, but he's going to be alright, he's going to take care of himself later on in life so he'll be good," said defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams.
Smith is the All-time Career Sack leader at MU, a record he broke in his junior season, with 31.5 sacks in his career. He is second on the All-time Big 12 Sack list falling just 2 and a half sacks behind of Texas Tech's Aaron Hunt who holds the record with 34. And Smith is also third All-time in Single Season Sacks, with 9 in 2005, in MU history. Smith accomplished his goal of setting the All-time Sack record at MU, but wanted to contribute even more.
"That's all I really wanted when I first came here anyway, that was my goal to get my name up on that board. Now if I get that accomplished, I feel good about that. But I really wished I could have done a lot more though."
Smith may get one more chance to contribute if he is ready, depending on when the game is and how far along he is with his rehab, for the Tigers' bowl game.