July 14, 1972|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
(Winter Park, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||1996 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142|
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Marquette Smith (born July 14, 1972) is a former American football running back. Mostly known for his prep and college career, he spent two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, but knee injuries in successive years during the pre-season kept him off the field.
Smith was an All-American running back at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida. In 1990, he was named High School Football Player of the Year by Gatorade, and Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today. Considered to be the premier recruit in the class of 1991, Smith chose Florida State over Penn State and Florida. He could not live up to expectations, and decided to transfer to Central Florida after his redshirt sophomore season in 1994.
In only two season at UCF, he rushed for 2,569 yards, becoming third on the all-time career list. He is the only player in UCF history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, and his 1,511 yards (with 14 touchdowns) in 1995 set the school's single-season record. Smith earned second team All-America honors in 1995, and was an honorable mention selection on the Orlando Sentinel's 25th Anniversary Football Team.
- D'Angelo, Tom (February 7, 1991). "Smith Goes to FSU: No. 1 Back Tops 'Impact Class'". Palm Beach Post.
- Harig, Bob (January 4, 1994). "Smith leaves FSU". St. Petersburg Times.
- "UCF's 25th Anniversary Football Team Announced". UCF Knights Athletics Website.
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