Today coach Bobby Petrino welcomed two guys home. Kolby Smith will return to coach Running backs and LD Scott will coach the OLB’s.
Kolby Smith started his coaching career in 2012 as a GA for Arkansas. In 2013 he went to WKU to coach RB for Bobby Petrino. Kolby spent 3 seasons in the NFL for 3 different teams. At Louisville, Kolby led the team his Sophomore year at 9.4 yard per carry.
L.D. Scott spent two years on the staff at Arkansas. In 2011 he was an intern who was coaching DT’s and in 2012 he moved to GA coaching D line. In 2013 he took the job at WKU as Defensive Ends coach.
Welcome home guys!
(Full press release below)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two former University of Louisville football players have returned to their alma mater to be members of head coach Bobby Petrino’s staff.
Kolby Smith, who played under Petrino from 2003-06, will coach the running backs, while former Louisville defensive end L.D. Scott will work with the outside linebackers.
“I’m thrilled for both coaches to be back at their alma maters,” Petrino said. “They both played for me while at Louisville and have been coaching with me the last couple of season. Kolby and L.D. are terrific young coaches and recruiters and they will be great additions to our staff and the community.”
Smith returns to his alma mater after a stellar playing career at Louisville under Petrino. Sharing the backfield with current Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush, Smith led the Cardinals to a 12-1 record as the main back in 2006. With Bush’s season ending early in 2006, Smith stepped in to average more than five yards per carry, scoring seven touchdowns on a team that defeated Wake Forest in the BCS’ Orange Bowl.
For his career under Petrino, Smith rushed for over 1,800 yards, averaging nearly six yards per carry, and scored 18 touchdowns on the ground. Smith was also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield in Petrino’s offensive system, pulling in 56 passes for over 500 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith returns to the Cardinals’ program after spending the 2013 season with Petrino as the running backs’ coach at Western Kentucky.
With the Hilltoppers, Smith tutored Antonio Andrews, the nation’s top all-purpose player, to a career season on the ground. After setting the school record for rushing yards in a single-season in 2012 with 1,728 yards on 304 carries, Andrews re-set the school mark with 1,730 yards in 2013.
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