Mississippi State offensive guard Tobias Smith (67) from Columbus protects quarterback Tyler Russell. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
If there is a picture of the walking wounded at Mississippi State, Tobias Smith could certainly make a case for it.
The Bulldog senior offensive guard has battle injury time and time again only to return to the field and lead his team.
Heâ€™s dealt with an injury to his right ankle, a year later his left ankle, and last season a knee injury sidelined the Columbus native.
Today, Smith takes the field with the Bulldogs healthy and ready to help State open the season with a 3-0 start and he couldnâ€™t be happier.
â€śMan, it has been frustrating,â€ť said Smith entering the season. â€śIâ€™ve gone through a lot to get here, but Iâ€™m healthy and Iâ€™m ready to help have a good season.â€ť
Smith played just a series in the season opener against Jackson State and while he wanted to play more, he understood the move by coach Dan Mullen.
â€śI was healthy and ready to play,â€ť Smith said. â€śI knew that I was going to be limited, but I didnâ€™t know just how much. I knew they wanted to get Justin (Malone) some experience and I was fine with that.â€ť
Against Auburn, Smith saw more action, but still didnâ€™t play the entire game, splitting time with Malone.
â€śWeâ€™ve rotated players in the line before and it worked out pretty good," Smith said. "We went 9-4 so we can do it again. He the kids is a best so rotating is fine with me.â€ť
Through two games, the Bulldog offensive front has allowed just one sack, but Smith defers credit for that stat.
â€śTyler has helped us with that a lot,â€ť Smith said. â€śIf we keep that up then we will be a team to be reckoned with.â€ť
Despite the fact that Smith is a senior, due to his injuries he has applied for a sixth year of eligibility, much like teammate Marcus Green who is playing on his sixth year this season.
â€śIt would be a big deal for me to help me with my football experience,â€ť he said.
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