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2012 Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech's Orwin Smith 'one of most explosive players in school history'

Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith will go down as one of the most explosive players in school history thanks to his knack for big plays.


Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith will be wrapping up an illustrious career when the Yellow Jackets take on the USC Trojans at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. As the "A-Back" in head coach Paul Johnson's spread-option offense, Smith has provided numerous big plays and will go down as "one of the most explosive players in school history."

This season, Smith leads Georgia Tech with 673 yards rushing despite missing two-plus games to injury. With six carries against USC, Smith will become the school's all-time leader in yards-per-carry. And with 107 yards in the bowl game, he would qualify for the ACC single-season yards-per-carry record. Smith is averaging 9.0 yards-per-carry on the year.

For his career, Smith is averaging 9.4 yards per carry, the highest in ACC history for any player with at least 1,000 yards. He became the first Yellow Jacket in school history to accumulate over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game last season against Kansas. Smith also has 35 plays of over 20 yards.

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