Friday, August 17, 2012

Taj Smith Making Most of CFL Opportunity

     Taj Smith had a great career for the Syracuse Orange. In 2007 he caught 44 passes for 822 yards. He also scored 5 touchdowns. He went undrafted, but spent time with the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts. His brightest NFL moments came on special teams. At a crucial moment in the season for the Colts Smith blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown against the Cowboys. The next week against the Titans he recovered a fumble after the ball was snapped over the punter's head. Unfortunately at the end of the 2011 preseason Smith was waived by the Colts.
     On January 30, 2012 Smith signed a contract with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Smith was added to the active roster for the last few weeks and has shined. Smith, the only former Syracuse player in Canadian football, has averaged 30 yards per catch. He had a 74 yard touchdown earlier this season and has made some amazing plays thus far. This week he was featured in the Canadian Football League's Top 10 plays.
     We had the chance to ask him about his CFL season so far. Smith said, "Just enjoying the opportunity to be playing. I'm loving every bit of it." Smith and his Roughriders team will take on the BC Lions on Sunday.

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