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Smith a Rising Star

June 27, 2007

Atlanta -- Former Dougherty high school standout Daryl Smith is making a name for himself in the NFL.

The Jacksonville linebacker finishing second on the team in tackles last year, and was recently named one of the leagues best players under the age of twenty-five, but Smith hasn't forgotten about where he started.

Dougherty high school product and NFL star Daryl Smith is in Atlanta this week at the Southeast All-Star Football camp to help kids learn the fundamentals of game.

Smith says, "The kids are really enjoying it, getting a little exposure to NFL players, and listening to what we have to say."

The NFL stars have a big impact on the kids.

"It's big," says Smith. "They see us on television on Sundays, and right now to actually be out here with us is really big to them."

The Jaguars linebacker is going into his third season, and says everything is starting to come together.

"The first year is a whirlwind. The second year you feel more comfortable, and the third year is real big for you."

Smith has high hopes for the season.

"First of all, win the division. You win the division, that's a definite playoff spot."

But even with all his success on the field, Smith still had time to follow his alma mater's run to the state title game.

"My parents and family still go to all the games," says Smith, "so they definitely let me know, and I've always got Dougherty on my mind."

The camp is put on by Smith's agent Todd France.

The kids do NOT lose their college eligibility by attending the camp...

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