Growing up in Lyons Jamar Smith watched ESPN as he played football for the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups and the Toombs County High School Bulldogs. However, he had never played on ESPN until September 15 when his UTEP Miners played host to Arizona in a 10:30 p.m. EDT time broadcast on the mothership (ESPN). Adam Amin handled the play-
The game did not go well for the now 0-3 Miners. After a scoreless opening quarter Arizona outscored UTEP 35-9 in the second quarter on the way to a 63-16 win. Jamar Smith Page
Y-101 Story on Jamar Smith’s first two games
Jamar, who started the UTEP’s second game against Rice, came off the bench against the Wildcats because senior Alvin Jones was available to start at linebacker. Jones was called for targeting in the season opening game at Oklahoma and he had to sit out the first half of the Rice game. Jones led the Miner defense with 15 total tackles- 4 solo’s and 11 assists.
Jamar (5-10 235 junior) had three solo tackles giving him a total of 10 through the first three games with two assists.
Jamar’s first tackle came in the second quarter on an Arizona running play that netted nine yards. Jamar (#45) ran down J.J. Taylor (5-6 180 freshman) on the sideline at the Miner 18.
Smith made two tackles on the same Arizona touchdown drive in the third quarter. On a first and 10 run Wildcat quarterback Brandon Dawkins took off on a long run and Jamar had to chase him down to keep him from scoring a touchdown. Dawkins ran 34-yards to the UTEP 31. The 6-3 210 pound junior was responsible for six Wildcat touchdowns. He ran for 133 yards and scored three times on runs of 5, 3 and 13 yards. He also complete 18-of-21 passes for 155 yards with three TD strikes of 2, 36 and 1 yard(s).
Jamar’s best play came on a second and goal run at the Miner 3. Jamar fired across the line of scrimmage and tackled Nick Wilson, a 5-10 208 pound senior, for a 3-yard loss back to the 7-yard line. ESPN’s Amin said, “Great penetration by Jamar Smith. That is a nice play to make.” “He diagnosed the blocking scheme and made a nice play,” Dvoracek added. The analyst played nose tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners and the Chicago Bears.