October 12, 2010

Dennis Smith itching to play again

Wimberley running back and 2012 Texas A&M commit Dennis Smith was off to an outstanding start to his junior year before a shot of pain went through his right foot early in the fifth game of the season -- and didn't go away.

"I hurt myself on our second offensive series," he said. "But I couldn't come out. I needed to help our team, so I played through it."

Help he did, fighting off the pain to easily exceed 100 yards rushing and return an interception for a touchdown on defense. The bad new came shortly after the game, when he was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his foot, an injury that would require surgery and sideline him for a good part of the season.

While the surgery was a success, Smith isn't exactly enjoying the downtime.

"I go back to the doctor (Tuesday). They're going to take the stitches out and X-Ray it," he told Aggieyell.com. "Right now, they've got me in a boot. And these crutches are just killing me."

Smith was told the injury would likely keep him out six to eight weeks, but he said he's going to do his best to get back on the field early.

"I want to be out there with the team," he said. "Watching a bunch of football on TV isn't helping. I hate this. I can't even put any weight on it yet."

Smith said that he watched the Aggies play Arkansas this past Saturday and was disappointed only with the final outcome.

"It was a good game. I thought they played pretty well," he said. "We need to score more points, though. We've got so much talent on offense."

Smith said he'd been in touch with the Aggie coaching staff and that coach Mike Sherman had told him to stay positive. Smith said Sherman was taking the same approach to the 2010 season and was confident A&M would turn things around against Missouri this weekend.

"I'm going to be up in College Station this weekend for the game," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting up there."

Crutches and all?

"I really hate those things," he said again.

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