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#21 Tyain Smith
Position: Running Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
High School: Indian River
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ONE-YEAR LETTERMAN - One of the freshman performers who emerged on offense last year...returns in the backfield and could start at running back...strong inside runner with breakaway acceleration...had a one-yard TD run in the final spring scrimmage and also turned in a 22-yard completion.

2016 – Played in all 11 games as a true freshman and finished second on the team in rushing yardage with 289 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry...had a breakout game against ETSU when he gained 97 yards and sprinted for a 73-yard touchdown run which was VMI's longest rush of the year...was second on the team in rushing touchdowns with four...caught three passes for 13 yards…turned it on late in the season and rushed for 181 yards over the last three games...rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns against Western Carolina...lettered as a true freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL – A graduate of Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Va...Second Team All-Conference...Offensive Team MVP for Indian River HS...doubled his rushing yards from junior to senior season, when he fell just short of the 1700-yard mark and scored 19 touchdowns.

MAJOR – Chemistry major.

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