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Top 60 Countdown: No. 46, DE Andrew Smith

Another day, another player to zero in on in our countdown of the Top 60 players at the U. Today we take a look at No. 46 on the list: Defensive end Andrew Smith. The sophomore is another talented young player on UM's defensive line who will see playing time in some capacity this coming season.

Sophomore defensive end Andrew Smith is another talented player at UM's deepest position on defense -- end. > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Smith was certainly an under the rader recruit at Coconut Creek Monarch High. Despite making 80 tackles and 15 sacks as a linebacker and defensive end his senior season, most recruiting websites weren't impressed with the 6-2, 238-pounder. Scout.com rated him the 45th best defensive end in the country. ESPN had him 89th. Rivals.com didn't even have him ranked and considered him a 2-star recruit. Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, however, was always big on the kid and convinced him to sign with UM over Iowa, Indiana, Troy and FAU.

> What he's done as a Cane: Smith didn't have an explosive freshman season. But he played in eight games -- more than some other freshman who came more highly regarded -- and finished with nine tackles. He even had a sack in the win against Charleston Southern. This spring, he remained in the rotation at end and had five assists in the spring game.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Aside from receiver, the position with the most depth and talent at The U is clearly defensive end. Smith is a player who stands behind some other talented young players at his position -- Adewale Ojomo, Marcus Robinson, Allen Bailey. But all it takes is one injury and Smith could see himself seeing major minutes. The fact he played in eight games and was in the rotation already as a freshman tells us he earned Hurtt's respect to be given playing time. If he continues to grow and contribute, he could develop into one of the season's bigger surprises -- especially on third downs when Ojomo, Robinson and Bailey might head out for a breather. Either way, we think Smith has potential to be another dangerous weapon in UM's deepest position on defense.


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The key is these players wanting to improve and what they did last year, the d-line has talents to take over a game. If they were to reach their potential that would be a huge key for the U. With all these incoming freshman coming it creates more challenge which should better each players.

Thanks Manny.

Bailey is now a DT, not DE.

Hey Manny,

Not a lot was said about Prince Kent's failure to qualify. What determines whether a recruit can go to prep school (Malcolm Bunche) versus when a recruit should just consider alternative programs (Kent)? Why aren't the Canes considering sending Kent to Milford for a semester? Given how highly regarded a player Kent was/is, shouldn't the discussion be about curing his deficiencies? Is there a scenario where Miami would release him from his contract to play for a school with more relaxed academic qualification requirements, such as OSU?

I agree with Ray. Why isn't the U sending him to a prep school. Is he that far gone academically? If he was that far down why didn't we check his test scores prior to issuing a scholarship? I think this may have been a case where the U was reading message boards on players again instead of actually checking out every phase of the player that was available.

I think it would be better to keep the likes of Robinson, Ojomo and Bailey in on 3rd downs. Really though, im so sick of teams converting 3rd downs on us like it's part of the gameplan.

Why don't they move this kid to MLB? I'd say the same thing about any kid who is in the 230-245 lbs. range. We are deep at d-line, put the guy somewhere and give him playing time.

Cuban...I agree with you 100%, why would we take those guys off on 3rd down? Especially Ojomo. We've been getting killed on 3rd downs.

sorry but i don't see it. the post fails to mention moncur and wesley, both whom i think wind up on the two deep behind robinson and ojomo. unless one of those guys goes down i see another year of spot duty for smith.

especially on third downs when Ojomo, Robinson and Bailey might head out for a breather. Either way, we think Smith has potential to be another dangerous weapon in UM's deepest position on defense.

Mrob, Bailey, and Vernon will definitely be in on 3rd down. Moncur, Smith, Forston, Ojomo will be 1st and 2nd down

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