FORT VALLEY - When Fort Valley State takes to the field this Saturday in their season opener against the defending national champs and preseason number one Valdosta State, they will compete with a familiar face at quarterback who is getting another chance to lead the Wildcats.
Eugene Smith helped guide the blue and gold to a 8-2 record in 2010, which landed FVSU in the postseason for the first time since 1999. But the QB would not be suited up for the Pioneer Bowl because the week leading up to the game, he was arrested for drug possession and suspended from the team.
Smith left the university but has returned as a senior to finish what he left behind three years ago and Coach Don Pittman says, he's a new man who deserves a second chance.
"He's improved with maturity", says Pittman. "He's shown a lot of leadership and he's focused."
Smith's teammates agree, "Eugene's been leading the offense pretty good", says LaDron Furr. "They still have some things to work on, but they are improving every day."
Fellow linebacker, Darius Kendrick adds, "I think he's a great leader. He makes sure his line is in tact and I think he will be a great leader for this team."
Fort Valley takes on Valdosta Saturday, September 7th at 2pm at Henderson Stadium in the Macon Heritage Football Classic.