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Meet Ravens running back Musa Smith
For more information about the former University of Georgia star, please keep reading his official biography and an article on Smith from Ravens Insider.
Musa Smith re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens on 3/17/06...Was originally selected with the 77th-overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL Draft…Smith was the 3rd of 23 RBs taken in the 2003 draft and at the time only the 4th RB taken in franchise history (Jay Graham - 1997, Jamal Lewis - 2000 and Chester Taylor - 2002)...Smith was the 1st Georgia player picked by the Ravens in team history.
Versatile RB with good size and and breakaway speed...An outstanding open-field runner who has power to run inside the tackles...In 2006, saw action in 12 games, carrying the ball 36 times for 153 yards (4.3 avg.) and pulled in 22 receptions for 135 yards, all career highs, before being placed on Injured Reserve (neck) on 12/16/06…
Smith spent the 1st half of the 2005 season on the reserve/PUP list due to a broken leg suffered in 2004...He was activated from PUP on 11/8/06...Saw action in 1 game, pulling in 3 receptions for 5 yards and posted 2 special teams tackles before being placed on IR on 11/30 due to complications from his leg injury...He saw action in 9 games in 2004 before being placed on IR (11/24) with a broken leg…Smith gained 48 yards on 12 carries (4.0 average) prior to the injury...
Provides superior depth to the RB position...Smith was the 1st Georgia player picked by the Ravens in team history...Saw action in 11 regular season games and 1 postseason game in 2003...Missed the 1st 5 games of the season due to a knee injury suffered in training camp...Rushed 9 times for 31 yards and 2 TDs as a rookie...Also posted 10 special teams tackles and returned 2 kicks for 17 yards. Pro Career:
2006: Saw action in 12 games, carrying the ball 36 times for 153 yards (4.3 avg.) and pulled in 22 receptions for 135 yards, all career highs, before being placed on Injured Reserve (neck) on 12/16/06…
2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Saw action from scrimmage and on special teams before leaving the game in the 2nd half with a concussion in game 12 at Cin. (11/30)…
Smith also returned 1 KO for 27 yards against the Bengals…Subbed and had 1 reception for 5 yards (good for a 1st down) before leaving the game with a neck injury in the 2nd quarter in the 27-26 victory in game 9 at Ten. (11/12)…
Saw action off the bench and had 3 carries for a career-high 46 yards (15.3 avg.), with a career-long 30 yard run in the 26-20 win in game 8 vs. Cin. (11/5)…Also recovered a fumble on the opening KO, which led to the Ravens' 1st TD against the Bengals…Carried the ball 3 times for 14 yards and led the team with a career-high 6 receptions for a career-high 53 receiving yards (3 good for 1st downs) in game 5 at Den. (10/9)…Subbed from scrimmage and carried the ball 7 times for 24 yards (1 good for a 1st down) and hauled in 3 passes for 33 yards (16.5 avg.), including a career-long 30-yarder, during the 28-6 win in game 2 vs. Oak. (9/17).
2005: Saw action in 1 game and had 2 special teams tackles before being placed on IR...Spent the 1st half of the season on PUP, then placed on Injured Reserve on 11/30...
2005 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Saw action in game 9 at Jax. (11/13) and pulled in 3 receptions for 5 yards and posted 2 special teams tackles...Placed on IR (leg) on 11/30.
2004: Saw action in 9 games before being placed on IR (broken leg) on 11/24...Carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards (4.0 avg.) and posted 8 special teams tackles before being lost for the season...
2004 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Saw action off the bench and had 1 carry for 12 yards (good for a 1st down), but broke his leg on the play in the 30-10 win in game 10 vs. Dal. (11/21)…Also had 2 special teams tackles before leaving the game against Dallas…
Saw action on special teams, recording 4 tackles; and from scrimmage, hauling in 1 reception for 25 yards (helping to convert on a 3rd-and-16) in game 9 at NYJ (11/14)…Subbed from scrimmage and played on special teams, carrying the ball 5 times for 25 yards (2 good for 1st downs) and pulled in 1 reception for 6 yards in game 7 at Phi. (10/31)…Saw action off the bench and recorded his 1st carries of the season, rushing 6 times for 11 yards, (1 good for a 1st down) in game 6 vs. Buf. (10/24)…Also posted 2 special teams tackles.
2003: Saw action in 11 regular season games, and 1 postseason game...Missed the 1st 5 games of the season due to a knee injury suffered in training camp...Rushed 9 times for 31 yards and 2 TDs...Also posted 10 special teams tackles and returned 2 kicks for 17 yards...
2003 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Saw action on special teams in the Wild Card loss vs. Ten. (1/3/04) and led the team with 4 special teams tackles...Played on special teams, but did not record a tackle in the season finale vs. Pit. (12/28)…Saw action from scrimmage and on special teams in a 35-0 victory in game 15 at Cle. (12/21)…Carried the ball 4 times for 21 yards, including an 11-yard TD run, and had a solo special teams tackle against the Browns…
Saw the 1st action of his career from scrimmage and carried the ball 5 times for 10 yards, including the 1st TD of his career, in game 12 vs. SF (11/30)…Also had 2 special teams tackles against the 49ers…Saw action on special teams, the 1st game of his NFL career in game 6 at Cin. (10/19) and recorded 1 special teams tackle…Smith had 1 KOR for 15 yards against the Bengals.
Only the 11th player in Georgia history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career (ranked 8th on the Bulldogs' all-time record list at the completion of his Georgia career)…A consummate team player who shared tailback duties earlier in his career, he emerged as a punishing inside force for the Bulldogs in 2002…Finished his career with 454 carries for 2,202 yards (4.9 avg.) and 19 TDs, starting 18 of 31 games…Known for his clutch receiving skills, he gained 187 yards on 27 catches (6.9 avg.)...
Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-SEC 1st-team selection, adding 2nd-team honors from the league's coaches as a junior…Recipient of the Hugar and Elizabeth Wilkes Endowed Football Scholarship…Was a major part of a Georgia offense that ranked 1st in the SEC and 22nd nationally in scoring (32.6 points per game), 3rd in passing (254.6 passing yards per game), and 4th in total (393.3)...
Started every game but 1…Gained a career-high 1,324 yards with 8 TDs on 260 carries (5.1 avg.)…Only Garrison Hearst (1,594 yards-1992) and Herschel Walker (1,616-1980; 1,891-1981; 1,752-1982) ran for more yards in a season for the Bulldogs…Caught 15 passes for 107 yards (7.1 avg.)…
Gained over 100 yards rushing 9 times…Against Mississippi, carried a career-high 37 times (8th on Georgia's game-record list) for 148 yards…Appeared in 9 games, starting 5, during an injury-plagued sophomore season…
Carried 119 times for 548 yards (4.6 avg.) and 6 TDs…Added 87 yards on 10 catches (8.7 avg.)…Bothered most of the 2nd half of the year by a hip flexor/groin injury and missed 2 games, while seeing limited action vs. Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech…
Freshman All-American 3rd-team pick by The Sporting News…Knoxville News Sentinel SEC All-Freshman team choice…Played in 9 games, starting the final 2…Carried 75 times for 330 yards (4.4 avg.) and 5 TDs…Also returned 4 kickoffs for 93 yards (23.3 avg)…Named USA Today Honorable Mention All-USA.
SuperPrep All-American and was a finalist for Pennsylvania Player of the Year, playing for West Perry (PA) HS...Pennsylvania Big School All-State 1st-team, CarlisleSentinel Player of the Year and Mid-Pennsylvania Capital Division Offensive MVP.
Rushed for 2,041 yards and 32 TDs on 214 carries (9.5 avg.) as a senior...Gained more than 200 yards in a game 4 times...Three-year starter who rushed for 4,117 career yards on 478 carries (8.6 avg.) and 54 TDs...
Brother, John, who visited the Ravens in June 2004, lost a leg in a mortar attack in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart...Musa visited Living Classrooms in October 2004 and spoke to students and participants in the Fresh Start program...
Musa also visited John Archer School (school for children with disabilities) in March 2005, along with teammate WR Devard Darling, to help students with their fitness and team play skills....
Smith visited Marines who had served in Iraq in June 2005...In Nov. 2005, Musa joined other Ravens RBs and Mars Food to serve meals to families in Howard County at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center to each family in need...He joined former teammate Will Demps and teammates to serve as personal shoppers for 50 Baltimore youth, who received $100 gift certificates from Wal-Mart in Dec. 2005...
In Feb. 2006, he was on hand at the Bel Air Middle School Hoops for the Heart event; students raised over $30,000 for the American Heart Association...Joined his teammates at the Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party, with proceeds benefiting Goodwill Industries in Oct. 2006...
Joined teammates in the 4th Annual Big Ed's Band Luau, which benefits former teammates Edwin Mulitalo's charitable arm, Big Ed's Band Foundation, helping to provide musical instruments to underprivileged schools and students in on Oct. 2006…
Smith married the former Lacey Garner on 7/15/04...Full name: Musa Smith.
Smith trying to break injury jinx
By Aaron Wilson
Posted Aug 16, 2007
WESTMINSTER -- Musa Smith has become far too acquainted with scalpels, surgeons and sutures to repair a series of injuries, including a gruesome broken leg. Anointed five years ago as the Baltimore Ravens' running back of the future, Smith's NFL career has been stalled several times due to medical setbacks.
His career was nearly ended by a severe broken leg during his second season as the recipient of a 2004 horse-collar tackle by Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams. At this juncture, Smith is more of a survivor than a star.
That the former third-round draft pick from Georgia is still even playing football -- after leg and knee surgeries along with a procedure on his neck this offseason that have placed him on injured reserve during each of the past three seasons -- is fairly remarkable.
Now, Smith, whom Baltimore signed to a one-year, $1 million contract this spring that included a $490,000 signing bonus, is trying to remain healthy and run without hesitation as he's slated for a third-down back role behind starter Willis McGahee.
"I ain't worried about staying healthy," Smith said. "I play the game the way I play the game: full-speed. Whatever happens, happens."
What has tended to happen to Smith since entering the NFL in 2003, though, is periodically being sidelined with various ailments.
Last season, was his healthiest campaign yet as he played in 12 games and rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 36 carries with a career-high 22 receptions for 135 yards. However, Smith injured his neck against the Tennessee Titans, a stinger that eventually ended his season.
Smith has a daily reminder in his family to not feel despair about his hard luck.
His brother, John, lost a leg in a mortar attack while serving in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart.
"He was definitely an inspiration," Smith said during an interview last season. "Seeing him, what he went through, losing a leg and having shrapnel throughout his body, I knew I could get back up because my leg was just broken.
"My family are all fighters. We don't give up. There's definitely perseverance. It runs through my blood."
Smith has displayed a ton of perseverance, forging a backup role on offense and a pivotal special-teams niche.
He has registered 24 career special-teams tackles while rushing for 232 career yards, two touchdowns and 27 catches for 171 yards.
"I'm lucky to get that second chance, and I'm still playing the game I love," Smith said. "I'm running with it. I have nothing to complain about."
Smith's agent, Jack Reale, reiterated that stance when the former All-Southeastern Conference running back re-signed with Baltimore in March.
"He's looking forward to rewarding the club's loyalty to him with a strong and healthy season now that he's gotten his injuries taken care off," Reale said in a telephone interview. "He's been cleared medically. He's had miserable luck. I think he's going to burst out this year. I think their plan is to get him on the field a lot this year."
However, Smith has had a relatively quiet preseason so far, rushing for five yards on three carries during the Ravens' 29-3 victory Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith, 25, insists he's not feeling any lingering problems from his neck surgery, or harboring concerns due to his lengthy medical history.
"My strength is good, I feel good," Smith said. "I'm getting good reads, and I'm hitting the holes good. I feel fine."
What's not exactly determined, though, is how much playing time he'll receive as the Ravens have installed McGahee as the featured runner. Smith is competing with veteran Mike Anderson for the primary backup job.
"I don't know exactly what my role is, because nothing has been defined to me yet," Smith said. "I just know that I'm helping out on offense and special teams and I'm having fun playing football. That's what matters."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
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