#5 Brodrick Smith
Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: University of Minnesota
Status: On Scholarship
Brodrick Terrell Smith (b. Dec. 20, 1989) often is grouped with the impact transfers of the last two seasons who hail from Wichita (Arthur Brown, Bryce Brown and Chris Harper), even though he's actually from Garden City.
There's no denying his impact, though. He was one of our best possession receivers and clearly our best downfield blocker last season before breaking his leg on a meaningless touchdown play in the fourth quarter against Nebraska.
Some might argue that K-State's stellar offensive statistics in 2010 signaled that the team didn't miss Smith and Tramaine Thompson much down the stretch, especially after Adrian Hilburn and Aubrey Quarles stepped it up.
I would argue otherwise. How much better would the offense have been had Carson Coffman had all of his targets available? Perhaps one of the most potent we've ever fielded. Perhaps sufficient to overcome the shitty defense.
Early reports from summer workouts and fall camp were sketchy, but some suggest Smith was in danger of losing his starting job to Sheldon Smith (no relation). They're battling right now, but even if it comes to pass, I'm not concerned.
Brodrick was talented enough to play as a true freshman at Minnesota. He didn't sit out an entire season and then spend most of another rehabbing just to sit on a bench his junior year. I expect him to have a stellar year.