If there is a picture of the walking wounded at Mississippi State, Tobias Smith could certainly make a case for it.
The Bulldog senior offensive guard has battle injury time and time again only to return to the field and lead his team.
He’s dealt with an injury to his right ankle, a year later his left ankle, and last season a knee injury sidelined the Columbus native.
Today, Smith takes the field with the Bulldogs healthy and ready to help State open the season with a 3-0 start and he couldn’t be happier.
“Man, it has been frustrating,” said Smith entering the season. “I’ve gone through a lot to get here, but I’m healthy and I’m ready to help have a good season.”
Smith played just a series in the season opener against Jackson State and while he wanted to play more, he understood the move by coach Dan Mullen.
“I was healthy and ready to play,” Smith said. “I knew that I was going to be limited, but I didn’t know just how much. I knew they wanted to get Justin (Malone) some experience and I was fine with that.”
Against Auburn, Smith saw more action, but still didn’t play the entire game, splitting time with Malone.
“We’ve rotated players in the line before and it worked out pretty good," Smith said. "We went 9-4 so we can do it again. He the kids is a best so rotating is fine with me.”
Through two games, the Bulldog offensive front has allowed just one sack, but Smith defers credit for that stat.
“Tyler has helped us with that a lot,” Smith said. “If we keep that up then we will be a team to be reckoned with.”
Despite the fact that Smith is a senior, due to his injuries he has applied for a sixth year of eligibility, much like teammate Marcus Green who is playing on his sixth year this season.
“It would be a big deal for me to help me with my football experience,” he said.