Bianchi: UCF 's Smith show keeps on r...

Bianchi: UCF 's Smith show keeps on rolling

There are 62 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 3, 2007, titled Bianchi: UCF 's Smith show keeps on rolling. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Three games left. Four if you count the bowl. That's how long you have to see one of the greatest college football players this state has ever produced.

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Russ

Orlando, FL

#1 Nov 3, 2007
He's all that & more. Thanks for the recognition.
Knight

Palm Coast, FL

#2 Nov 3, 2007
I agree. I would rank Mr. Smith and Daunte #1 and #2 UCF football players of all time. Don't forget we had Asaunte Samuel, Brandon Marshall, and many other NFL players.

Mr. Smith will be top ten, maybe top five NFL draft. Anyone who has watched any football at all knows the kid runs like a star. Perfect balance, speed, ability to change speeds and direction, durability.

Like I said Mr. Smith has NFL Star written all over him. That's a no brainer.
Brandon

Orlando, FL

#3 Nov 3, 2007
Let's ride him to a conference championship and a bowl win! Go Knights!
B-rett

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 3, 2007
Good article. The college football world knows all about Mcfadden, Hart, Rice, and Slaton...but if you watch those guys on film and then watch 24k...it is a no brainer. Kevin just has that vision you cant teach.
Jim Wisuri

Palos Heights, IL

#5 Nov 3, 2007
Kevin Smith has had a wonderful season -- and college career. He truly is on the verge of something transcendent.

But to vault him past Emmitt Smith and Warrick Dunn is to ignore the difference in the types of defenses those NFL stars had to face during their college careers -- on an almost- weekly basis.

So, please do appreciate Kevin, while he is with UCF. But have some perspective on the past.
mike

AOL

#6 Nov 3, 2007
I hope that Kevin Smith comes back next year. He can bring this program to the next level. There's still a few things that he can improve upon like running north and south more often. Remember, the pros aren't conference-USA.
Also, I want to see him run wild against USF at home. This year was a fluke poor outing. We sucked so bad in that game that he was brought down with us. By the way..., wouldn't it be funny if we end up in a better bowl game then USF. They really tanked it since the game against us.
Not so fast

Orlando, FL

#7 Nov 3, 2007
There's no guarantee that if UCF wins the rest of its games, that we will get a bowl invite. Remember a couple of years ago, when UCF won the Eastern division? We got passed over by several CUSA bowls, and wound up playing in Hawaii. There's no rule that states that CUSA bowls have to take teams in a particular order.
Reality Bites

Orlando, FL

#8 Nov 4, 2007
B-rett wrote:
Good article. The college football world knows all about Mcfadden, Hart, Rice, and Slaton...but if you watch those guys on film and then watch 24k...it is a no brainer. Kevin just has that vision you cant teach.
Especially against the powerhouses UCF has been playing!!!
Reality Bites

Orlando, FL

#9 Nov 4, 2007
mike wrote:
I hope that Kevin Smith comes back next year. He can bring this program to the next level. There's still a few things that he can improve upon like running north and south more often. Remember, the pros aren't conference-USA.
Also, I want to see him run wild against USF at home. This year was a fluke poor outing. We sucked so bad in that game that he was brought down with us. By the way..., wouldn't it be funny if we end up in a better bowl game then USF. They really tanked it since the game against us.
No doubt UCF is cruising through a stretch of the most brutal college football competition out there.
Karmapolice

Cumming, GA

#10 Nov 4, 2007
Jim, please remember that Emmitt and Dunn were also playing behind some of the best PAID O-lines in college football!
Jim Wisuri wrote:
Kevin Smith has had a wonderful season -- and college career. He truly is on the verge of something transcendent.
But to vault him past Emmitt Smith and Warrick Dunn is to ignore the difference in the types of defenses those NFL stars had to face during their college careers -- on an almost- weekly basis.
So, please do appreciate Kevin, while he is with UCF. But have some perspective on the past.
SELL SELL SELL

Polk City, FL

#11 Nov 4, 2007
While USF has dropped off the national radar, UCF and Kevin Smith are SOARING.
Old Knight

Apopka, FL

#12 Nov 4, 2007
I hope Kevin comes back next year in order to graduate and get his degree!!! It is wonderful for him that he will have a chance to play in the NFL but I think he should get his college degree - something he will always have no matter what the future holds!!!
Old Knight

Apopka, FL

#13 Nov 4, 2007
If Kevin Smith were playing for FSU or UF news about him would be headlines in all the papers. Unfortunately for him because he is at UCF he will probably be ignored - as Daunte was- in the Heisman "race"!!! This may not be a bad thing - have seen lots of "Heisman" winners that would up disappearing off the radar!!!
Nathan

Palm Coast, FL

#14 Nov 4, 2007
Love those Reality Bites posts. I come on here just to read them.

Not sure if it's a USF fan, or just a flat-out pessimist, but this guy can find the negative in anything. It's really fun to watch (much like 24K running).

If it is a USF fan, though, I think we've got to remind him/her that--while Marshall isn't very good--Southern Miss and Tulsa definitely are. Maybe they're not as good as UConn and Cincinnati and Rutgers, but they could certainly play tough against those teams.

And if it's just a flat-out pessimist, I think we all need to keep in mind two things about all college running backs.(1) They all play several games against dismal competition. Not every game is against Ohio State or Florida. Every team opens with some patsies, and every team has patsies in their conference, and every team has a patsy Homecoming (by the way, did you see who Auburn played this past weekend?).(2) If you take away credit for running against a particular conference's defense, you have to also give credit for running behind a particular conference's offensive line. It's only fair, if you're looking to give a good assessment.

Reality Bites, and people like him, however, scour message boards and post pessimistic responses not for fairness or accuracy's sake, but because they instead delight more in another team/city's pain or frustration than in their own team/city's victories. They can't wait for a team to lose so that they can go home and log on and insult that team. But they could care less about viewing their own team's message boards, discussing players from their own school, on a message board in their own city. They could care less about celebrating their own team. For me, that's what is most interesting. These people masquerade as "Reality," but this isn't "reality." The reality is that Kevin Smith is a great running back, the best this school has ever produced, but these "reality" posts don't acknowledge that because they only delight in negativity...a true reality would discuss both, and would not delight in what is negative. These people aren't fans, nor are they supporting anyone. Quite simply, what they display is hate. Hate for a school, hate for a team, hate for other fans.

And when sports can cause you to hate enough that you log onto someone's message board and insult their team while they're extremely happy over a victory shared by team and school alike...something is pretty sad about that. And desperate. And unhealthy.

I use my name when I post something here because I like talking about sports, and I love my team. I don't disguise my intentions, nor claim them to be reality. Just one fan's honest opinion and take on the sports he watches and enjoys.
Marsalis

San Antonio, TX

#15 Nov 4, 2007
I doubt Kevin Smith will ever be as good as Emmitt Smith, but he is certainly an excellent running back for the University of Central Florida.
College Football Fan

Sanford, FL

#16 Nov 4, 2007
Great article. I have seen many of Kevin's performances. Lots of UCF fans have thought this guy is great. I'm definitely a UCF homer, but I admit I played devil's advocate in this conversation before the season, questioning if he was really that good. My position changed when 24K wnet 80 yards on the first play of the season against a very speedy NC State Defense!

He is the total package, he makes guys miss, he is fast, durable, reliable and he's evena good blocker! FYI, he is the only back in the NATION that has 2 runs of 80 yards or more this season!

Come out and see Kevin while we can!!
College Football Fan

Sanford, FL

#17 Nov 4, 2007
Jim Wisuri wrote:
Kevin Smith has had a wonderful season -- and college career. He truly is on the verge of something transcendent.
But to vault him past Emmitt Smith and Warrick Dunn is to ignore the difference in the types of defenses those NFL stars had to face during their college careers -- on an almost- weekly basis.
So, please do appreciate Kevin, while he is with UCF. But have some perspective on the past.
I think this is a fair statement. I think it's great that Kevin does belong in the conversation with those guys, though!
Gary

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Nov 4, 2007
Gotta love Bianchi stirring the pot! Take an absolutely ludicrous position and then announce it in print! I guess that Hawaii's quarterback must be the best quarterback to play football. I mean look at his stats. That's all that matters, the stats. Ignore the quality of competition, its a non issue.
Jau

Oviedo, FL

#19 Nov 4, 2007
Not so fast wrote:
There's no guarantee that if UCF wins the rest of its games, that we will get a bowl invite. Remember a couple of years ago, when UCF won the Eastern division? We got passed over by several CUSA bowls, and wound up playing in Hawaii. There's no rule that states that CUSA bowls have to take teams in a particular order.
You're crazy if you think that any C-USA bowl is going to pass up on the team that is leading the conference in attendance, and also has the strongest traveling fan base.

The GMAC bowl snubbed UCF in '05 and they paid for it by having a crappy, not-so-greatly attended bowl. I think Hawaii was thrilled for UCF to still be available. That game was the earned the highest TV ratings of an pre-January bowl in '05.
Welcome to the OC

Monroe, LA

#20 Nov 4, 2007
I generally enjoys Mike's articles, but this one is a complete pot stirrer more than anything. Yes, Kevin Smith is a very good RB and will definitely go down in history as the best ever at UCF. However, to compare him to the likes of Warrick Dunn, Emmitt Smith, Erict Rhett, etc. is insane. Doing it against the likes of Marshall, Memphis is one thing. Dunn and Emmitt did it against some of the best defenses in the country week in and week out. If and when Kevin can do that, then he "might" be considered one of the best ever to play at a mid-major school. Unfortunately, UCF doesn't play the best schools week in and week out.

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