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DeAndre Smith made a splash in his first year back at New Mexico in 2012 after spending three years away from the program (he coached running backs at UNM in 2008). Junior and second-team All-Mountain West running back Kasey Carrier rushed for a school-record 1,469 yards, including an MW and a UNM single-game record 338 yards against Air Force on Oct. 20, 2012. Carrier's 122.4 rushing yards per game ranked 12th nationally. Carrier also had 15 rushing TDs in 2012 to rank second all-time in school history.
Smith, a St. Louis native, has tutored nine 1,000-yard rushers in 14 years of collegiate coaching.
Smith spent the 2010-11 seasons as running backs coach at Illinois. In 2010, he guided Mikel Leshoure to numerous school records, including rushing yards (1,697), touchdowns (20), rushing touchdowns (17), 100-yard rushing games (9) and single-game rushing yards (330 vs. Northwestern). The Illini led the Big Ten in rushing and ranked 11th in the nation with an average of 246.1 yards per game, which is the second-best average of any Big Ten team over the past five years -- behind only the 256.8 yards the 2007 Illini team posted.
Prior to his time at Illinois, Smith joined the UNLV staff after spending one season in the same capacity with the Lobos. While coaching the New Mexico running backs, he tutored second-team All-Mountain West selection Rodney Ferguson to a 1,105-yard rushing season.
From 2005-07, Smith served as the running game coordinator and running backs coach at Miami of Ohio and received a promotion to associate head coach in his final season. Smith helped Redhawks running back Brandon Murphy to second-team All-MAC honors and 1,070 yards rushing in 2005.
Smith spent four seasons (2001-04) at Northern Illinois, where he was part of three Mid-American Conference West Division championship teams. Under his guidance, NIU produced four straight all-conference running backs from 2001-04. Current Atlanta Falcon Michael Turner rushed for a league-record 1,915 yards in 2002. Under Smith's tutelage, Turner led the MAC in rushing twice (2002-03).
As a sophomore, Garrett Wolfe paced the league in 2004 and ranked fifth nationally with 1,656 yards. Wolfe was a 2007 NFL draft pick and played four years for the Chicago Bears. In his first season with the Huskies, Thomas Hammock rushed for 1,096 yards. In four years at NIU, the squad went 33-14, posted a 10 and nine-win season and went to the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl.
Smith began his coaching career in 1999, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana State for two seasons. During that time, he molded quarterback Sheraton Fox to 1,034 yards rushing, the first signal-caller to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season in Gateway Conference history.
A graduate of Missouri State in Springfield, Smith was a standout quarterback for the Bears, leading his team to two consecutive Gateway Conference Championships in 1989 and 1990. He earned All-America honors and National Offensive Player of the Year recognition in 1990. Smith totaled 6,356 yards of total offense, including 2,276 rushing yards, and accounted for 58 touchdowns during his career, earning the Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Decade award for 1985-95.
After earning his degree in organizational communication from Missouri State in 1992, Smith went on to play professionally for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (1992) and in France (1993).
Smith and his wife Lori have three children: daughter Ashley and sons Ryan and Donovan.
The Smith File
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Bowl Games: 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl; 2010 Texas Bowl; 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl