Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Crimson Countdown: RB David Smith
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer, ESPN.com is taking a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall, and his long-term projection. Starting with No. 1 Dominique Alexander, the series follows the roster numerically through No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
More on Oklahoma
From No. 1 Dominique Alexander to No. 98 Chuka Ndulue, we're evaluating the Oklahoma roster. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
No. 25 David Smith, running back, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, sophomore
Impact thus far: Smith has been on campus for two years but has not played in a game. He redshirted in 2012 then didn't play as a redshirt freshman.
Impact in 2014: The odds are against Smith seeing the field on offense with a bevy of talented ball carriers on the roster. The sophomore could earn a role on special teams however.
Long term upside: Smith’s work ethic makes it unwise to say he cannot make a bigger impact before he leaves Norman, Oklahoma. But he faces tough competition to become a core contributor on offense during the next three years.
Evaluation grade for Smith: C. A late addition to the Class of 2012, Smith still has time to impact the program. But if he doesn’t start seeing the field in some capacity this season, this grade will drop.
Development grade for Smith: D. It’s hard to understand why Smith didn’t have a carry in 2013. He may have been buried on the depth chart but the Sooners won three different games by 30 points or more. Even if he hasn’t set the world on fire in practice, why not at least give him a snap or two in the final moments of those blowout wins? Even if only to reward him for his dedication and commitment to the program.