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Eric Smith has brains -- and ambition

Jets' versatile safety has the right mental makeup, but don't overlook his athleticism

Updated: August 24, 2010, 9:33 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

On a Sunday in 2001, the Groveport-Madison High School football team lost its quarterback for the season. That night, the coaches held a meeting. The team ran a triple-option offense, and who the heck could get that complicated mess memorized before Friday night's game against Gahanna Lincoln?

Quarterbacks coach Todd Boggs suggested senior wide receiver/defensive back Eric Smith.

Boggs said he sat down with Smith for an hour and 15 minutes and, by the end, the kid had memorized the ...

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