Willis Smith
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2008
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Willis Smith may have stood at 5-feet, 6 inches and weighed 147 pounds, but the "Little Giant" played much bigger than that on the football field for the Vandals. Smith played in both the offensive and defensive backfield for Idaho from 1929-32. He compiled a career rushing total of 3,029 yards total that lasted as the Idaho school record for 62 years and still ranks third today. More than 75 years after his final game as a Vandal, Smith’s career average of 8.73 yards per carry is still an Idaho record that no other Idaho running back even remotely has threatened. His 86.5 rushing yards per game is also a former school record that still ranks among the best in Idaho history at third, while his 19 career touchdowns are also a former record. After his Idaho career, he moved on to the professional ranks, where he helped the New York Giants win a 1934 NFL Championship. Newspaper stories from the championship game against the Chicago Bears reported that "Wee Willie" Smith made several key tackles of Bronko Nagurski, an NFL Hall of Fame fullback who outweighed Smith by a mere 100 pounds.

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