Smith Will Stay Involved
Branden Smith

Posted Sep 7, 2009

ATHENS – Georgia’s coaches never made it a secret that freshman cornerback Branden Smith would see the field this season, but the five-star recruit got more than just a taste of action in the Bulldogs’ opener against Oklahoma State.

In addition to playing time in the defensive backfield, Smith also handled kick return duties, caught a pass, lined up as a tailback and even took a snap at quarterback in his first game as a college player.

"He has speed and agility and a confidence about him that we wanted to tap into," head coach Mark Richt said. "We knew he was going to play some defense, so it wasn't like we were worried about whether he was going to redshirt or not."

Smith said he was pleased with his opening performance, although none of his offensive touches went for big plays. His lone reception went for three yards and he tallied 11 more on three carries.

But rather than lament the short gains, quarterback Joe Cox said he’s excited to see what more Smith can offer as the season progresses.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if as the season goes along we give him more and more instead of just keeping it to a couple of plays,” Cox said. “We wanted to get him used to it and see what he could do, and he can definitely help us on offense.”

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