A one-time Thomas County Central standout is hoping to make a name for himself professionally.
Running back Debrale Smiley, who just concluded his collegiate career at Florida State, is in training for a shot at the NFL.
“My main focus is getting prepared for the combine at FSU,” said Smiley, who graduated from Florida State last spring. “That’s my goal right now, to try to perform good at the pro day when all the scouts are going to be there watching.
“I’m going to miss (college), but at the same time, I’m excited because I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life.
“Hopefully, I can make an NFL team in the future.”
Smiley spent three years with the Seminoles but saw limited action in head coach Jimbo Fisher’s offense. Smiley’s senior season was his most productive. He rushed for 152 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. Smiley carried the football just 40 times in his Florida State career. Despite his limited work the past three years, Smiley expressed confidence he could play on football’s biggest stage.
“I know I’m a good player. I’ve got God behind me. I pray every night,” Smiley said. “I feel very confident in my ability that somebody will give me a chance. That’s all I need is a chance.
“I’m just trying to stay in shape. I’m working out every day, eating right. Hopefully, when the time comes, I can perform well when somebody gives me a chance on a team.”
For full details, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.