Paul Smith: ‘Strong Arm, Good Enough Wheels, and a Big Heart’
Tulsa coach Todd Graham learned the full impact of quarterback Paul Smith on his program when he was on a recruiting trip in southern Oklahoma and heard a prospect bragging.
Not about Smith’s record-setting numbers as the school’s leading passer. Not about the way he directed Tulsa’s confusing spread attack that led the nation in total offense.
“I’ve seen your quarterback,” the player told Graham. “He was basically preaching down here and doing praise music.”
That’s the hidden aspect to the triple threat Smith has brought the Golden Hurricane in a remarkable career: a strong arm, good enough wheels and a big heart.
“Just the impact that had on him and just how impressed he was with that, just how he represents our university has been remarkable,” Graham said.
“And then you combine all the intangibles he has — the character, the discipline, his faith — you combine that with the fact that he is a phenomenal football player.”
The combination won Smith the Wuerffel Award, which honors one college football player each year for community service work in addition to great performances in the classroom and on the field.