Fans, sit back and watch.
Anytime that Patrick Smith touches the ball, the South Plainfield junior has a chance to create a highlight-film play. They can also get that tough yard or two.
“He’s an electric player,” Tigers Coach Bill Hamilton said. “Very explosive. Great hands. I mean, he’s a complete package of a player.
Readers voted Smith the MyCentralJersey.com’s Big Central Conference Readers’ Choice Football Player of the Week for his latest efforts as the Tigers are off to a hot 3-0 start.
Last Friday, he rushed for 155 yards on seven carries in South Plainfield’s 53-30 win over North Plainfield. Smith scored on runs of 1, 18, 55 and 60 yards.
“He’s definitely a threat from anywhere on the field,” Hamilton said. “I mean not only running the ball, but he’s got great hands. He’s a great receiver. … He has a lot of natural tools. He’s got a great vision. Great instinct. Great side to side speed with a great up field burst.”
Smith (301 yards on 26 carries, 5 TDs) has formed a potent one-two punch on the ground with senior Michael Green (348 rushing yards on 27 carries, 2 TDs).
Smith, also a cornerback, has added five catches for 95 yards and a score. As a sophomore, Smith rushed for 663 yards on 84 carries with four touchdowns and has only continued to get better.
“He’s just improved so much from last year,” Hamilton said. “He’s a hard worker, practices real hard. Loves to compete. That’s probably his strongest trait. He loves to compete whether it’s one on ones in practice or getting his teammates to compete harder in game-like situations. He wants to compete. They want to win.”