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How good is Butler's DeShawn Smith?

DESHAWN SMITHButler offensive lineman DeShawn Smith is a preseason first-team All-American for a good reason.

Butler coach Troy Morrell told a great story about Smith recently, talking about how he moved the then-freshman to tackle in last year’s national championship game, where Smith would be going head-to-head with Snow College’s James Aiono — a five-star recruit and the top-ranked junior college defensive lineman in the country. In Butler’s double-overtime win, Smith put Aiono, who will play for the University of Utah this fall, on absolute lockdown. That ain’t easy, folks. Basically a street fight between two 6-foot-2, 290-pound high Division I prospects for the whole shebang, last man standing wins. And Smith won. But he’s not alone as a first-team preseason All-American for the two-time defending national champs — kicker Logan Ortiz and linebacker Forlando Johnson are, too.

I’ll be trying to figure out who the favorites are in the race for Smith’s service for his final two years this week … but I’m thinking Bill Snyder wouldn’t mind the Hutch native making pancakes in Manhattan.

Out. TA