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#43: LG Shelly Smith, Colorado State
The Verdict: Colorado State is one of those teams which had an aggressive inside running attack last year, and despite the fact that it was the team's first year in Steve Fairchild's west coast system the Ram offensive line paved the way for a respectable 4.2 yard per carry average. Not only that, but leading rusher Gartrell Johnson ran for 1476 yards on 5.3 yards a carry, thanks in large part (literally) to 6-foot-4 guard Shelly Smith. Smith earned Second Team All-Conference honors a season ago, and since coming to Fort Collins has matured into one of the best interior linemen in the conference. Particularly athletic for his size, Smith shows outstanding ability to pull from his position, while also showing a knack for pancaking smaller (but quicker) defenders in open space. Along with center Tim Walter and right guard Andrian Martinez, Smith gives Colorado State arguably the best interior line combination of any Non-BCS team going into 2009.
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