By Ryan Wood (Post and Courier)
Redshirt junior who moved back to the offensive side of the ball in the spring... has shuffled back-and-forth between offense and defense throughout his career in an attempt to get him on the playing field with more consistency and to fill positions of need... seems to have found a home as he enters the fall listed with the first-team unit at wide receiver... rushed 14 times for 108 yards, including a 103-yard effort against Coastal Carolina in 2013.
2015: Special teams performer who saw action in 10 of 12 games... listed as a cornerback, but also spent time at wide receiver... did not log any statistics.
2014: Redshirted after suffering a broken left foot during fall camp... missed the entire season... moved to cornerback in the spring.
2013: True freshman who moved from running back to cornerback a week into fall camp... returned to running back during the week prior to the Tennessee game... played in nine games... used primarily on special teams... logged four carries for five yards in the win over Mississippi State... with injuries mounting at running back, had an opportunity to showcase his wares against Coastal Carolina... responded with a 103-yard effort and a touchdown on 10 carries... included was a 52-yard burst... finished the season with 108 yards rushing on 14 carries, a 7.7-yard average.
HIGH SCHOOL: Running back who prepped at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla, graduating in 2013... team went 12-3 in his senior season under head coach Josh Corey... tallied 2,178 yards on the ground with 24 touchdowns earning first-team Class 8A all-state honors as a junior... did not have a fumble in 295 carries as a junior while garnering Florida Times-Union Offensive Player of the Year accolades... three-star prospect, the 43rd-best running back in the nation and ranked 82nd on the Florida top 100 according to Rivals... a three-star prospect and the nation's 61st-best running back by Scout... a three-star prospect, the 64th-best player in the state, and the 14th-best all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports... a three-star prospect, the 33rd-best running back and an All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStar... selected South Carolina over Wake Forest but drew scholarship offers from multiple programs including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, and others.
PERSONAL: Jamari Dewaun Smith was born October 19, 1994... is a public health major.