With just 71 days to bear before the first kickoff of the football season, today we want to focus on another offensive lineman, Bailey Smith. He’s a senior from Lucas, Texas, a small town located in the Dallas area.
He’s a three-star recruit who was ranked the state’s No. 196 player by ESPN and nation’s No. 169 offensive lineman by 247Sports. He chose the Red Raiders over, among others, UNLV, Arkansas, Texas State, and North Texas.
In his three seasons in Lubbock (he wasn’t redshirted) he always found some playing time, both on the offensive line and in the special teams. In 2018 he had two starts as a canter against TCU and Kansas.
And the center position itself seems to be crucial for him in 2019. With the departure of Paul Stawarz, at the moment Smith is the frontrunner for his replacement, due to his experience as the primary backup.
It’s clear the battle for the stop is very open at the moment, but Bailey has every possibility to be next year’s starting center.