Alfonso Smith gets 17 carries as Arizona’s featured back

Alfonso Smith

Thanks to injuries, former Kentucky running back Alfonso Smith was the featured back for the Arizona Cardinals in their 13-10 loss at Seattle today.

Smith carried 17 times for 54 yards. After spending much of last year on Arizona’s practice squad, it was the 24-year-old’s first carries as a professional in a regular-season game.

Here is the interesting part: Just once in his college career did the Louisville native get as many as 17 carries in a game. That was 2006, Smith’s freshman season, when he subbed for the injured Rafael Little and carried 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown against Mississippi State.

After that, Smith never got more than 12 carries in a game. He carried 12 times for 60 yards and a TD in a blowout win over Eastern Kentucky in 2009.

Smith played his high school football at Louisville Waggener.

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