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August 24, 2010Rehabbing an injury is hard. Coming back and taking the field - and taking that first hit - is even harder.
That's what Louisville (Ky.) Seneca QB DaMarcus Smith was up against last weekend as he returned from a knee injury that sidelined him during his junior year.
It didn't take long for him to respond.
On his second play of his first game in two years, he showed why he is the No. 17 quarterback in the nation when he fired a 67-yard touchdown pass.
Seneca went on to defeat Louisville (Ky.) Central, 47-32. Smith completed 11 of 22 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He also carried four times for 18 yards.
This game, however, wasn't about numbers. It was about getting back on the field and competing.
It was about showing that Louisville was correct to stick with him through the injury.
Rivals.com's Gregg Peterson profiled Smith's return in the video feature on this page.