2 Rod Smith

Rod Smith Ohio State
usaUnited States
Fort Wayne, IN
High School
Paul Harding
Past Teams
Ohio State
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Post-OSU Update: Rod Smith was undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but signed with Seattle post-draft. He played one regular season game with the Seahawks in 2015 before being cut. He caught on with the Cowboys and played ten additional games in 2015. He played four more NFL seasons, mostly with Dallas. He finished his NFL career with 364 yards rushing (3.6 YPC), 30 receptions for 272 yards, and six total touchdowns. (updated: Nov. 2023)

Jersey #: 2 (2012-14), 24 (2010-11)

Major: African-American and African Studies (2012-14), Humanities (2011), Undeclared (2010)

Weight: 231 (2014), 238 (2013), 230 (2011-12), 220 (2010)

2014 Media Guide: Rod Smith is a fifth-year senior who has more games played, carries, yards and rushing touchdowns than any back on the Ohio State roster … a powerful and bruising running back, he enters his senior season having played in 33 games … stats include 448 yards rushing off 83 carries with four touchdowns and a fine 5.4 yards per carry average … he didn’t lose a yard rushing until his 76th rushing attempt from scrimmage (a loss of five yards vs. Penn State last year), and the play remains his only attempt for lost yardage … as a receiver, Smith has eight career receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown.

2013: Smith played in 10 games, carried the football 22 times and gained 117 yards … he averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored one touchdown (a four-yard rush in the first quarter vs. San Diego State) … he gained 45 yards on three carries vs. Florida A&M, including a season-long 27-yard rush … Smith also had a personal season best with four receptions for 16 yards … was on the field for 128 total plays.

2013 Media Guide: Rod Smith is a fourth-year junior with the Ohio State program and a two-year letter-winner … he is a powerful and bruising running back who has yet to lose a single yard rushing in 61 career carries for the Buckeyes … he enters his junior campaign with 331 career rushing yards and three scores … Smith also has four career receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown … he played in all 12 games for the unbeaten Buckeyes in 2012 and was in on 75 offensive snaps from scrimmage … he also contributed another 69 plays on special teams … special team’s contributions last year included team-leading totals for kickoff returns (13), yards (303) and average (23.3) … his offensive statistics also show two receptions for 55 yards and featuring a 51-yard touchdown catch against Illinois … most impressive rushing game came against Penn State, with four carries for 48 yards … had 38 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown rush, vs. Nebraska and had six attempts and 40 yards against Indiana … also scored a rushing touchdown last year vs. Alabama Birmingham.

2012 Media Guide: Rod is in his third year with the Ohio State program … he enrolled in the fall of 2010 and red-shirted the season as a true freshman … last year he experienced his first collegiate action, playing in 10 games and getting carries in three of them … he opened his collegiate career with an 18-carry, 74-yard game against Akron … he scored his first collegiate touchdown that game … also had seven carries for 24 yards vs. Akron and 4 for 18, respectively, vs. Colorado … finished the year with 29 carries for 116 yards and did not lose a single yard from the line of scrimmage … also caught two passes for 15 yards.

2011 Media Guide: Powerful tailback who will have an opportunity to contribute this season to the Buckeye running attack.

2010: Redshirted the 2010 season … scout team workhorse: Iowa.

High School: Powerful tailback who totaled 1,000 career carries … player of the year as a senior for Coach Sherwood Haydock, rushing for 1,855 yards, 19 scores … SAC conference career rushing leader with 6,625 yards, 66 career touchdowns (eighth-best in Indiana prep history) … all-conference basketball standout … ran first leg of state runner-up 4×100 relay.

Personal: Son of Sophia and Roger Smith.



SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TD
2011Ohio State100291164.012157.50190NANA0000
2012Ohio State90322156.7225527.51510321330323.30
2013Ohio State110221175.314164.00270NANA0000
2014Ohio State70241014.24188.011400011717.00


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TD
2011Ohio State1002110000
2012Ohio State900001330323.30
2013Ohio State1101010000
2014Ohio State7000011717.00