One of the St. Louis area’s most productive running backs, North Country 2018 Briley Smith is returning after a big junior season.
At 5’7, 190-pounds, Smith scored 25 touchdowns a year ago, rushed for 1,234 yards on 191 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and scored 24 times. He added a receiving touchdown as well.
“What I do on the field as a running back is different from others because I stand out,” he said. “I have good instincts and can see the field well. I know when to make a cut and when not to.
“What I bring to my team is constant leadership on and off the field. I am always pushing myself to be the absolute best which makes other people want to do the same.”
A year ago, Smith helped the Raiders to a 6-4 record and despite losing to Cape Girardeau Central in the opening round of district play, Smith says that contest stands out.
“The most important game for my team last year was the first round of districts when we faced our hardest competitor,” he said. “I led the team in one of our best games with over 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns.”
Smith says he is always looking to improve his skills as a running back, working on his foot skills and spending time in the weight room.
He began playing at 5-years old when he joined the R.J.F.L which was a small football program created for kids in his area to learn how to play football.
He says there have been several people who have influenced his football life, including Terry Cole (a childhood football Coach), Dave Dallas (one of my high school coaches), as well as his brother and dad.
Smith says he enjoys watching former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey play and has tried to make various elements of his game his own.
“Mainly because he runs the ball so hard, and is able to make quick decisions and seemingly score with ease,” Smith said.
Although he currently does not hold any offers, Smith says he has heard from Lindenwood in St. Charles, among others.