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Coach Spotlight: Trent Smiley
"Trent's had a great career here at Wakeland," Secord said. "He's been instrumental in our team's success. We used him at multiple positions, tight end, slot, wing, full back. We've pretty much done everything we could to get the ball in his hands. It may have been on a flat route, vertical route, catching the ball out of the backfield or carrying it on a toss." A team captain, Smiley, (6-4, 235) had 39 catches for 454 yards averaging 11.6 yards per catch and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 320 yards on the season. His best game came against Brewer with six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He has been named 1st team All-District. "I believe his best attributes as a player are his catching ability," Secord said of Smiley. "He'll catch everything that's thrown his way. He's also a tremendous blocker. He's very good at getting out there quickly on a screen and finishing the block off." In July, Smiley committed to Kansas over scholarship offers from Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Oklahoma State. "Je'Nay Jackson, who's no longer with Kansas, did a good job of recruiting Trent," said Secord. "I think he liked the campus, the players, the traditions at Kansas, and the quality of education he would receive. Plus, I think he has family in that area." Smiley comes from an athletic family. His father played football at Iowa and his younger brother, Turner, is set to start for Wakeland next season. Trent's also what Coach Secord called a "darn good" basketball player and has thrown both shot put and discus for the track and field team. "Trent's a person of tremendous character," said Secord. "He's been on the leadership council. He's done well with the elementary school with younger kids and has worked with the homeless. People seek him out to do these kinds of things because he's such a quality individual. "I think he'll serve Kansas well at the next level. Turner Gill and his staff will like him. They've already been in contact with him. I think they're getting a gem." The Wakeland Wolverines went 7-3 on the 2009 season. Smiley is planning on making his official visit to Lawrence the weekend of January 16-17.
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