With position company like DeVante Parker, Damian Copeland, and Eli Rogers you don’t often hear enough about an extremely reliable wide receiver in Andrell Smith. With an knack for going un-noticed at times, his game has been far from quiet on paper.
After missing some time during his senior year of high school, Smith came to Louisville as a 2-star prospect out of Miami Florida and the 15th ranked prospect out of Dade County. Andrell played primarily on special teams as a true freshman for the Cards, but turned in a solid sophomore season starting all 13 games and finishing fourth on the team with 25 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Regressing a bit his junior season Smith managed only six starts in 12 games with 207 yards and one TD.
A stigma that has stuck with Andrell over his career is an inconsistency catching the ball while at times finding a way to make ridiculously athletic plays to bring the ball inand/or get the necessary yards after catch. Thankfully for Cards fans Smith has ditched the inconsistencies that he had catching, and has appeared to save his best season for his last.
After the Cards first eight contests Andrell is on pace to surpass his sophomore season totals and is the Cards 3rd leading receiver behind Damian Copeland and DeVante Parker. A statistic that you can’t find on paper is the timing of the plays Smith makes. Whether it be a huge 3rd down conversion or a big 50 yard gainer, Andrell always seems to show up big when he get his hands on the ball. Five games Smith has had a reception of more than 20 yards, four games with a reception of more than 25 yards, two with a reception of more than 30 yards and one with a 50 yard reception. Plenty of big plays folks. Let’s hope whether it be silent or not that Andrell keeps up the solid performance and helps lead this team to greatness.