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Shepherd's Smith running all over

August 30, 2000

Shepherd's Smith running all over



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Get Dalevon Smith in a storytelling contest, and there might be no stopping him.

On the football field, it's turning into the same story for the Shepherd senior running back.

"Yeah, I may be a little bit cocky, but I think I can run for (3,000 yards) this season," the senior said recently during the team's media day. "Sure, write it down. With the line we've got back, sure I can."

There may be a little bit of exaggerating going on in this fairy tale, but after the 1999 season, Smith can be excused for thinking big.

As a junior, the junior college transfer put up some mind-bending numbers in reserve of All-American Damian Beane. He only rushed 66 times, but finished with 670 yards and nine touchdowns.

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In perspective, Shepherd's 11 opponents finished with 786 yards for the season.

"Dalevon Smith ... if there's faster than him, then I'm excited," Shepherd coach Monte Cater said. "And it's not 180 pounds fast, it's 200 pounds fast."

That's the one, cold, hard fact involved with Smith. He's put on about 20 pounds to get up to 200, and loves to tell people about it.

"Oh yeah, I was doing a few pushups ... make my arms real big for the pictures," Smith said. "I've put on a couple more pounds, but I'm not just going to be a bruiser. I've got speed and power."

That was evident last season when Smith, relieving Beane against Fairmont State, took his first two carries into the end zone - from 78 and 92 yards away. It broke the back of the Rams' closest competitor in the West Virginia Conference and sent them on the way to their third straight league title.

They are picked to win the league again. If it doesn't happen, Smith's predictions are pretty dire.

"There's going to be a lot of disappointed people around here - kids, ladies in the lunchroom," Smith said. "I think the water might stop running if we don't win (the WVC) again. We've got to come through."

If the Rams do win though, Smith says it won't be the same old story like last season, where Beane dominated headlines on his way to a trip to the Harlon Hill Awards as a finalist.

We're not one-dimensional. We've got receivers that can run down the field, we've got good running backs, we've got tight ends that can catch the ball," Smith said. "You tell (everyone) to bring a lot of film because we're going to make it happen."

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