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Versatile Rahkeem Smith Helps On D-Line

Rahkeem Smith (Holly Smith)

In a day of specialization, a versatile athlete who can adapt quickly to new positions can be a great help to a football team. Fighting Illini senior Rahkeem Smith is just such an athlete. Recruited as a lineback, he was moved first to fullback and now defensive tackle. He is willing to help out anywhere needed, and he may have found his best position.

Rahkeem Smith loves football, and he doesn't care where he plays. Too large for linebacker, he played fullback last season. But as he explains, a change in offensive coordinators after the 2008 season made him consider another position switch. "Actually, it was after Coach (Mike) Locksley left. We decided on the two tight end thing. So it was either be a fullback that was seldom used or...

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