Meet Vincent Smith

October 24, 2013 at 1:47p    by DJ Byrnes    
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Gardner is like, "PHEW DODGED THAT TRAIN."

It's a hit that the average college football fan has seen tens of times. It's a hit that officially put South Carolina Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney on the map. Yet, not a lot of attention is paid to the unfortunate soul who ran into that unblocked freight train: Vincent Smith. From Yahoo!:

 During his time at Michigan, Smith and teammate Martavious Odoms came up with the idea to build community gardens back home after they graduated. The goal was to provide food to locals who needed it and sell the rest. It was a more sustainable form of the rabbit chase: instead of hawking skins for $2 a pop, they could sell produce and maybe create jobs.

... The mayor was all for it, and the first shovel hit the ground this summer, only a few weeks after Smith graduated. Walkes drove by the first garden recently and saw several people working on it. To him it's a shining example of what a college scholarship is worth not only to an athlete, but to an entire community.

"When you have good players, usually they leave the small communities and go off to big cities and they get soaked up by big city," says Walkes. "He didn't get soaked up. He came home. We're proud to have him. A lot of kids look up to him and want to be like him. They'll want to come back and build the community itself." 

Smith said he kept his chin-strap loose, which led to his helmet flying off when Clowney lowered the boom. He says it wasn't the hardest hit he's ever taken and has only seen the play "a few times." In all, it appears he's taken it in stride. (It's assumed he stopped watching SportsCenter for six months afterwards.)

The hit, while may have been a college career defining moment for Clowney, certainly doesn't apply to Vincent Smith. And despite his horrendous choice in colleges, it's good to see he's moved on to bettering his community.


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BassDropper's picture

I must admit. If the roles were reversed and Frank Clark put that hit on a USC RB, it would have only been played on Sportscenter the day of the game and the world would have already forgot about it.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If the roles were reversed and Frank Clark

If Frank Clark had done that people would be asking "Who's Frank Clark?".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Doc's picture

Good on ya, young man.  Michigan STILL sucks!

"Say my name."

buckeyeEddie27's picture

The mental image of him driving past the garden with a smile on his face put one on mine.  Well done sir.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

otrain2416's picture

If I were him I'd be kicking my RG the guy who missed the block on this play pulling. Sad thing is Lewan for the most part handled Clowney all game and this one play makes Clowney look like a god.

Hello_Heisman's picture

In hindsight, you could argue that the hit was worse for Clowney than for Smith.  It got so much pub that it shot Clowney's hype-meter through the stratosphere.  With the hype came scrutiny and (possibly) unrealistic expectations, thus the uneven season he's had both on the field and in the media in 2013. 
In the meantime, Smith was not going to the NFL anyway.  Sure, he got posterized, but nobody remembers him specifically for being the guy who got hit.  As far as the national media was concerned, he was just another nameless, mediocre B1G running back who was the sacrificial lamb for the Big, Bad Linemen of the S-E-C. 
Interesting tangent about Smith.  He's about 5'7/175 or so, but his teammates and coaches repeatedly talked over the years about how pound for pound, he was the toughest guy on the team.  It's probably part of the reason why he was the primary 3rd down RB, because he was a rock in pass protection in spite of his size.  When he says he took harder hits than that, I'd believe it's possible given how often he was left to block a much larger D-lineman or LB blitzing the QB on 3rd down. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

For some reason that shot of Gardner makes me laugh.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

RedStorm45's picture

Do you mean the *mental* shot of the Gardener?

TheShookster's picture

I was going to say the same thing. That must be what the September Heisman trophy looks like...the same pose but the ball has been fumbled.

Hovenaut's picture

Still loses out to the "Tater":

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

RedStorm45's picture

Dammit 11W, I'm forced to like PSU just a little bit (based on the origins of the WE ARE chant) and now I have to see a former Michigan player bettering the world?? MAKE IT STOP.
 
(EDIT - I forgot the Nerds hoops team giving a walk-on a scholly this week.  When can I go back to hating the Big Ten??)

BucksfanXC's picture

He is doing an AMA on reddit, as we speak.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I read the subtitle to the Buckshot as this:
 

The man who was almost decapitated by Jadeveon Clowney is also a communist. 

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Very cool. 
Good for him (and his community)
 

sharks's picture

He's probably lucky his chinstrap was loose. His helmet went 30+ feet...could have been his head.

He gets the short end of the stick though: Clowney goes to the NFL, and so does Lewan, who missed the block

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