Dylan Smithwick is always thankful for the opportunity to play football — and whenever his number is called he usually takes advantage. That number, 30, is the same one of his football idol, Los …
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Dylan Smithwick is always thankful for the opportunity to play football — and whenever his number is called he usually takes advantage. That number, 30, is the same one of his football idol, Los Angeles Rams running back and former University of Georgia Bulldog Todd Gurley.
The 5-foot-8 Chaparral High School senior running back gets along with just about anybody. Head coach Jeff Ketron said he's the kind of student-athlete the team is proud to have as one of the faces of the program. Of course, Smithwick wants to play football when he goes to college, wherever that may be. Regardless, he plans to study cybersecurity and business administration.
In the meantime, he's focused on leading the Wolverines' ground attack. And he steps onto the field every day thinking about the people who helped him get there. What inspires him is “looking back and thinking `I gave it all I got to the people that I love.' ”
Key statistics: Through seven games this season, Smithwick has 151 carries for 558 yards. He's reached the 100-yard mark three times and has four touchdowns on the year.
Coach's take: “He's a great kid. He's that 3 percent in the program that does everything right — the way that he walks the halls, academically, how he treats other kids that are not even athletes. He's just one of those kids that you admire and appreciate.”
Jeff Ketron, head football coach of Chaparral High School
What do you love about football?
The brotherhood, the camaraderie, being able to look back on this and say I got to play with my friends through my life.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?
Don't quit. I heard that my freshman year from my freshman coach. `Never quit.' And I thought those were the most powerful words.
What's your favorite class?
Probably social studies. Probably history, a lot of geography.
Any plans after high school?
I plan to go to college. If that's for football, awesome. If not, I won't be completely distraught. It's always an option. (I want to study) cybersecurity and business management.
Is there a person you look up to as a player or in life?
Todd Gurley. That's my Georgia boy. My aunt went to (University of) Georgia, and I have all my dad's side out there in Marietta. We love the Dawgs.
What do you do in your free time?
Just hang out, spend time with my family. Live a high school life.
What's the best football movie?
"Remember the Titans."
What are you going to be for Halloween?
I was thinking of being — I can't remember the name of the character — but Tom Cruise when he's wearing boxers and a long sleeve shirt: “Risky Business.”
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