College Football at its best is a high profile sports, where the best teams and players are treated like superstars. But even at USC, the most glorified of programs, there are still players on the team just like you and me. Well, sort of. Meet USC walk-on kicker Brad Smith.
Smith is a senior transfer from Davidson, and is now a graduate student in USC's school of communications. He didn't make the traveling squad for Saturday's game against Nebraska. But he's a true teammate, and couldn't just watch the game on TV. So he booked a last minute flight at this own expense. The cost? Nearly $1,000. To Smith? Priceless.
"My goal from day one was to be as big a part of this as I can -- you have to be there," said Smith, a graduate student who was a Division I-AA Mid-Major All-American last season.So Smith showed up in Lincoln in his USC warmup gear and strolled the streets waiting for his teammates to arrive. In a sea of Nebraska Red Smith surely stood out in his black and yellow. A stranger from a far-away land? Something like that.
"Part of it is for the enjoyment, part of it is to demonstrate my commitment to the team and part of it is it's a life experience."
Jess White, a Nebraska sophomore working behind the counter at a local eatery, said she thought Davis might be lost when he came in and placed an order.Smith did, and joined this teammates on the sideline for the game. The sad part? He didn't even get to dress for the game. You'd think for that kind of dedication he'd at least get that. But don't look for any complaints from Smith. He was just happy to be there.
"I saw him in his game stuff," she said, chuckling. "I saw him and I was thinking, 'Does he know where the stadium is?' "