He's back. Well maybe not completely back to his original form, but junior running back Kolby Smith is back.
Smith, will return to action for the first time this Thursday night against Pittsburgh since he left the Cardinals October 8 home game against North Carolina with a knee injury.
"I'm feeling great," he said on Monday afternoon. "I'm happy to be back out there. [I'm] not quite 100 [percent], but in the range of 95 percent."
Prior to his injury, Smith was having his finest year as a Louisville Cardinal, rushing for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 40 carries. He has also pulled in 10 catches for an additional 89 yards.
"It was tough sitting on the sidelines and not being able to help my teammates out," he said. "It's tough for anybody who's in that situation."
During his absence, most notably in Louisville's 46-22 win at Cincinnati, redshirt freshman running back George Stripling has played solid, producing his first career 100-yard game against the Bearcats.
Smith, who has 728 career rushing yards, believes that U of L head coach Bobby Petrino won't have a difficult time finding enough carries for the team's three top backs.
"I think he can, because since Coach Petrino has been here he has passed it around between four running backs," Smith said.
The Tallhassee native returned to practice last week and feels that he has lost very little conditioning during his time off.
"I haven't lost that much because the whole time that I was rehabbing I was outside doing my running and then doing cardio on the inside," he explained.