Rod Smith


Fort Wayne, Ind.

High School:
Paul Harding

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 231


Rod Smith


Buckeyes in pads for first time in 2013

The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center


Ohio State Spring Football Set to Kick Off

Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices


No. 6 Ohio State at Wisconsin Game Notes

Buckeyes claim Leaders Division outright with win; Badgers already in the B1G title game


Athletics Good Stuff

October 30 - November 5, 2012


No. 6 Ohio State Handles Illinois, 52-22

Carlos Hyde rushes for 137 yards and three touchdowns


USATSI Gallery: Ohio State vs. FAMU - 09/21/13

USATSI Gallery: Ohio State vs. FAMU - 09/21/13


Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Ohio State vs. Michigan State (9/29/12)


Ohio State vs. UAB - Sept. 22, 2012

Ohio State vs. UAB - Sept. 22, 2012


Buckeyes Ground Rockets :: AP Photos :: Sept. 10, 2011

Buckeyes Ground Rockets :: AP Photos :: Sept. 10, 2011

Ohio State Overview: Rod Smith is a fourth-year junior with the Ohio State program and a two-year letter-winner ... he is a powerful and bruising running back who has yet to lose a single yard rushing in 61 career carries for the Buckeyes ... he enters his junior campaign with 331 career rushing yards and three scores ... Smith also has four career receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown ... he played in all 12 games for the unbeaten Buckeyes in 2012 and was in on 75 offensive snaps from scrimmage ... he also contributed another 69 plays on special teams ... special team's contributions last year included team-leading totals for kickoff returns (13), yards (303) and average (23.3) ... his offensive statistics also show two receptions for 55 yards and featuring a 51-yard touchdown catch against Illinois ... most impressive rushing game came against Penn State, with four carries for 48 yards ... had 38 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown rush, vs. Nebraska and had six attempts and 40 yards against Indiana ... also scored a rushing touchdown last year vs. Alabama Birmingham ... Smith enrolled at Ohio State in the fall of 2010 and red-shirted the season as a true freshman ... in 2011 he played in 10 games and had carries in three of them ... he opened his collegiate career with an 18-carry, 74-yard game against Akron ... he scored his first collegiate touchdown that game from 2 yards out ... also had seven carries for 24 yards vs. Toledo and 4 for 18, respectively, vs. Colorado ... finished the year with 29 carries for 116 yards.

More on Rod: Rod Smith is majoring in African-American and African studies ... he carried the football 1,000 times during his high school career and set the SAC conference career rushing record with 6,625 yards with 66 touchdowns ... he was the player of the year as a senior for coach Sherwood Haydock at Paul Harding H.S. ... also was all-conference in basketball and ran on state runner-up 4x100 relay team ... younger brother, Jaylon, plays football for Notre Dame ... the boys are the sons of Sophia and Roger Smith.


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