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Old 07-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Q. Smith fluff piece by Peter King

The Smith story is a strange one. He burst onto the national scene last season when Western Kentucky traveled to play the best team in the country, Alabama, on Sept. 8. Smith got three sacks against the Tide, the first coming directly over the man who would be the 11th pick in the 2013 draft (by San Diego), tackle D.J. Fluker. Actually, the first sack came on a speed rush around Fluker. The second came on a power move, when Smith powered through guard Chance Warmack and Alabama tackle Cyrun Kouandjio and flattened quarterback A.J. McCarron. A speed moveólots of rushers can be one-trick ponies and get a few sacks. But the ability to use power, particularly against a guard like Warmack, seen by many as the best this yearís the draft, is impressive.

And itís that second one, the power/changeup move, that made some scouts fall in love with Smith. He was on his way to first-round contention, leading the nation in sacks with 12.5, when his left knee caved in against Louisiana in November. He tore his ACL, and Dr. James Andrews operated late that month. Now it was a race to draft day.
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