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Derrell Smith moving from linebacker to fullback

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 7, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Derrell Smith, a linebacker on the Texans’ practice squad in 2011, is moving to fullback.

Smith (6-2, 232) went undrafted last year out of Syracuse. The Texans did not have a traditional lead-blocking fullback on the roster after cutting Lawrence Vickers earlier this offseason.

“We’ve been working with him throughout the past couple of weeks,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday at the team’s charity golf tournament. “We’ve also got a young man from Illinois (undrafted free agent FB Jason Ford) that we’re going to work there that was a running back in college, so that’s where we’re heading right now. There’s a couple of veteran fullbacks out there, but as of right now, I feel pretty good about what’s going on and what I see out there.”

Smith was a two-time All-Big East second-team selection at Syracuse as a middle linebacker, but he started his college career at running back. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware after rushing for 1,225 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns as a high school senior.

“We’ve had some success building those guys, so to speak,” Kubiak said of the fullback position. “I mean, Vonta (Leach) came in and did a great job for us. James (Casey) is doing a great job. Vickers played well for us last year. So, we feel good about the direction we’re heading.”

How Smith fares at fullback remains to be seen, but he’s certainly an interesting story off the field. He was a two-time state champion in the discus in high school. He earned a dual degree in information management and technology and marketing at Syracuse and was All-Academic Big East every year from 2007-10. He’s close to finishing a master’s degree in advertising. And he goes by “secsualchoklate” on Twitter. Sexual chocolate!


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