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Blue Raiders know new Titan QB

Friday, November 26, 2010

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Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith set school records while at Florida Atlantic with 10,112 passing yards, 768 completions and 76 touchdowns.
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In the midst of all the talk about Vince Young and everything that happened last Sunday, new Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Rusty Smith has a Middle Tennessee connection.

Smith played in college at Florida Atlantic University, a member of the Sun Belt Conference along with MTSU.

He actually suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the Blue Raiders last year.

The talented quarterback set all kinds of records at FAU under head coach Howard Schnellenberger.

He was drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Smith made his NFL debut Sunday against the Washington Redskins when Young left the game with an injured throwing hand, completing 3-of-9 passes for 62 yards and 1 interception. Titans coach Jeff Fisher later declared that Smith would become the team's starting quarterback due to Young's season ending thumb surgery and Kerry Collins' calf injury.

I think it caught the rookie off guard when Fisher announced in last Sunday's press conference that Smith would be the Titans' new starter,

"Well, if that news is true, then I'm going to have to prepare and do my absolute best to lead this team," Smith said. "You know as a rookie in this league, there are a lot of things I need to get ready and prepare for."

There's no doubt that Smith will be excited when the Titans play at Houston on Sunday and it will be interesting how he will play.

Tennessee brought back Chris Sims to be the backup to Smith until Collins can return.

One would think that Chris Johnson might have a busy day.

During his collegiate career Smith passed for over 10,000 yards and threw 76 touchdown passes while rushing for five. He had a career passing rating of 132.0.

He was 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year, the New Orleans Bowl MVP in 2007 as well as the Motor City Bowl MVP in 2008.

It's way too early to tell if he will be a productive quarterback in the NFL, but the Titans are hoping he will be....soon!

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