While the 2010 class of running backs is hurting, the talent along the defensive line continues to be a real strength.
One of the more intriguing talents of the group is Louisiana Tech defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith , who will certainly stand out tonight in the WAC showdown with Hawaii at 8 pm EST on ESPN2.
Smith, 6-2, 300 pounds, stands out for various reasons. For one, few players of his size choose to wear a single digit number like Smith (#5) does. Secondly, when healthy, Smith has proven to be a dominant force, registering 65 tackles last year alone in earning First Team All-WAC accolades.
Smith has struggled with his conditioning this season and hasn't been as effective as his hype in early season matchups against Auburn and Navy. With each of those offenses focusing on the running game, however, Smith was almost constantly double-teamed and the obvious focus of each opponent. Hawaii will present a different issue with their reliance on the passing game, giving Smith a chance to make plays against both the run and pass on national television.
A big game tonight could provide a significant boost to his stock with pro scouts, as well as earn him consideration in next week's version of Draft Slant.