Welcome to Play on Playa, a "new" summer series from Subway Domer. All summer long, we are going to be checking out the profiles of every player on the roster (hopefully, with fingers crossed while sucking on a four leaf clover) and develop the hierarchy of what type of "Playa" each guy is on this team.
So, join us, as we lift back the dark veil of Fighting Irish football, and see what exactly we have in... Harrison Smith.
Harrison Smith #22
Safety 5th Yr.
Harrison Smith gets the first nod in this series for many reasons. First, there isn't a player on the roster that has had more criticism and venom tossed their way- and then ball all of that up and insert it directly into their asses. Secondly, Smith is the lone CAPTAIN heading into the season. Honestly though, I wish he would have kept the longhair, dyed it black, and grew a small moustache. Then we could call him El Capitano.
Harrison had a breakout season in 2010. Mainly, it was because he stayed home throughout the entire season. I don't mean "home" in regards to his zone responsibilities, but rather his home on the field in terms of his position. Crazy, huh? A highly recruited safety actually playing safety all season while nabbing 7 interceptions instead of playing linebacker, and getting your nuts hit by someones helmet on every attempted blitz. Ahhhhhh...progression.
Because of all of the "names" on Notre Dame's defense this year, Harrison
Smith has been a bit overlooked, in my opinion. Overlooking a Supreme
Playa gets your ass pimp-slapped. Smith is the one player on the defensive
side of the ball that can make or break the entire defense. Blasphemy you
say? Hardly. As much shit as this kid took for poor play, you would have
thought he single-handily lost games for Notre Dame in 2009. Another
small step in his evolution at safety will have his name being chanted in
four bar form, and feared across the land.
The Playa Chart:
Elite player for the Fighting Irish. This player is either a superstar
already, or right on the verge of superstardom. Absolutely vital
piece of the puzzle.
Major contributor for the Fighting Irish. This player is most likely
a starter, but doesn't have to be. The contributions from these
players will decide the outcomes of games.
We all have our roles to play, but these players will make their
living as one. They will come off the bench to provide needed
help, and a "spark."
|Playa In Training
This player is most likely to be a benchwarmer for this season,
but will be lined up for a great career if they keep their eye on