College notes: Cathedral Prep grad Smith stars for Robert Morris

By | September 29, 2013 10:26 am | 0 Comments

 

Here’s a look at former District 10 standouts who are now playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) and Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA):

Kimani Smith

Kimani Smith

• Cathedral Prep graduate Kimani Smith had the biggest game of his short college career Saturday when he helped Robert Morris to a 37-31 overtime victory over Virginia Military Institute.

Smith, a 6-foot 3-inch, 220-pound sophomore outside linebacker, had a career-best eight tackles (seven solo) and made three tackles for losses for a combined 12 yards. He also had a sack for a 9-yard loss.

He has started all four games for Robert Morris (2-2), which will travel to West Long Branch, N.J., to face Monmouth (2-3) Saturday.

• Michigan State (3-1) had a bye this past weekend, but that didn’t prevent coach Mark Dantonio from facing questions about the status of freshman quarterback Damion Terry, a Cathedral Prep graduate.

Terry has not played this season and is expected to be redshirted.

“We make redshirt decisions as we go,” Dantonio said. “I’m not making the decision right now. As of right now, he’ll be our scout team quarterback. He’s not going to get the reps with the ones or twos. You never know how things shake out.”

The Spartans will visit Iowa Saturday.

• McDowell grad James Conner found little running room Saturday in Pitt’s 14-3 victory over Virginia.

Conner had 21 yards and a touchdown after his first four carries. However, he gained just 6 yards on his next 11 carries as he finished with 27 yards on 15 rushes.

Conner’s yards-per-carry average took a hit in the game. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry in the first three games on his way to 326 yards (47 carries). He’s now averaging 5.7 yards per rush (353 yards on 62 carries).

Pitt (3-1) has a bye this week and will visit Virginia Tech on Oct. 12.

• Wilmington graduate Jake DeMedal had a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo), including one for a 3-yard loss as St. Francis lost to No. 16-ranked Fordham 38-20 Saturday in a Football Championship Subdivision game.

DeMedal, a senior defensive back, has started 26 consecutive games over the past three seasons. He has 26 tackles (16 solo) this year.

– Jeff Kirik, sports editor

 

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