Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Smith is left holding the bag ... often

Aldon Smith, Missouri’s modern-day Deacon Jones, prefers a subtler way to describe the feeling he gets when smashing into a quarterback. “A sack feels like a kiss from a girl you like a lot,” Smith said.

By Dave Matter

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Deacon Jones, perhaps football’s greatest pass rusher, gets credit for inventing the term to describe what he did best: sacking.

“You take all the offensive linemen and put them in a burlap bag, and then you take a baseball bat and beat on the bag,” Jones explained to the Los Angeles Times last year. “You’re sacking them, you’re bagging them. And that’s what you’re doing with a quarterback.”

Aldon Smith, Missouri’s modern-day Deacon, prefers a subtler way to describe the feeling he gets when smashing into a quarterback.

“A sack feels like a kiss from a girl you like a lot,” Smith said.

A kiss? Aldon, you must elaborate.

“It’s just something,” he said, “that makes you feel really good.”

Smith pauses to reconsider his metaphor.

“Or it’s actually like getting a paycheck,” he said. “You know how you work so hard all week, and then it’s like, ‘Damn, I finally got paid.’ Hard work pays off.”

However he chooses to portray a pass rusher’s greatest payoff, Smith has mastered the act itself. And in a hurry. A year ago, in just his fourth season of organized football, Smith broke Missouri’s single-season sack record, eclipsing the mark held by another Smith, former first-round NFL draft pick Justin. For his production, Smith was recognized as the Big 12 Conference’s defensive newcomer of the year, giving the Tigers an essential element in today’s pass-drunk Big 12: an elite edge rusher.

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