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.