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September 26, 2013

Jarome Smith stands small, plays big for Buffs

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McALESTER —

“Every time I get the ball, I’m trying to score a touchdown.”

Though right now the Buffs are starting to get into the grind of the season, Smith said he expects he’ll look up at some point and realize the season has flown by. Coaches and former players often tell the Buffs to cherish these moments, Smith said, and he’s tried to take that message to heart.

“Being around the whole thing for as long as I’ve able to be around it is truly special,” Smith said.

“We’ve all been together since middle school, running the same type of system, doing the same thing with the same goal in mind. Going through so much together has made us all just strong and determined.”

Smith and the rest of the Buffs want to end this season with a state championship. Whether or not they get that title, Smith said he’s trying to continue his football career in college, the most attention so far having come from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

Smith said he wants to study physical education so he can become a football coach, maybe even someday returning to coach the Buffs.

As someone who’s had to overcome both a lack of size and the occasional off-the-field issue, Smith definitely has a lot to teach young football players.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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