CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former Union running back Armond Smith made his professional debut Saturday as he helped the Cleveland Browns defeat visiting Green Bay 27-17 in NFL preseason action.
Smith led all rushers with 41 yards on 10 carries, all of which came in the second half. As a team, Cleveland ran for 124 yards with Smith accounting just nearly a third of them.
Late in the fourth quarter, he ran the ball eight times on the Browns' final scoring drive to help set up a Jeff Wolfert 44-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining. His longest rush of the day went for nine yards.
Smith also returned two kicks for 55 yards for an average of 27.5 yards per return with a long of 28 yards.
The next game for Smith and the Browns is Friday when Detroit comes to Cleveland.
During his senior season at Union, Smith led the Mid-South Conference in rushing last season, averaging 125.1 yards per game en route to being named MSC West Offensive Player of the Year. He also led all running backs with 16 rushing touchdowns. Smith was MSC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season and MSC Special Teams Player of the Week once. He also was named to the 2010 Victory Sports Network All-American Team.
In addition, Smith set numerous program records including most rushing yards in a game (312), most rushing yards in a season (1,376), most rushing touchdowns in a game (five), most rushing touchdowns in a season (16), most points scored in a game (30) and most points scored in a season (102 - 16 rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown).