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Onterrio heads north to join Blue
WINNIPEG, MB â€“ The Winnipeg Blue Bombers could have the best offensive backfield tandem in the CFL this season with the addition of former NFL running back Onterrio Smith, who signed with the football club today.
As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of Smith and the presence of tailback Charles Roberts, the CFLâ€™s leading rusher last season (1,624 yards on 290 carries), will provide the Blue & Gold with the best one-two offensive punch fans of the Blue Bombers have seen in some time.
â€œOnterrio Smith is an exciting, dynamic player who will add a lot to this team,â€? said Bombers G.M. Brendan Taman. â€œIn addition to his outstanding skills as a running back, he is an outstanding kick returner and receiver.
â€œWe believe his presence will provide Charles Roberts even more opportunities to show what he can do on offence.â€?
Smith (5-10, 215, Oregon â€™02, DOB: Dec. 8, 1980 in Sacramento, Calif.) was a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2003 NFL Draft.
The affable California product made quite a splash in his rookie season in â€™03. He played in 15 games and rushed for 579 yards and five touchdowns on 107 carries. His 579 yards rushing were second only to Minnesotaâ€™s Moe Williams. He set a number of Vikingsâ€™ rookie rushing records that season including most rushing TDs in a game (three versus Kansas City Chiefs) and most rushing yards in a game (148 yards on 27 carries versus the Chicago Bears). He started the first game of his career versus the Atlanta Falcons (10/5) and rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries and added a pair of receptions for 23 yards. Pro Football Weekly named him to its All-Rookie Team.
In 2004, Smith played in 12 games for the Vikings, including six starts, and carried the ball 124 times for 544 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 394 yards and two TDs on 36 receptions. He had one of the best games of his pro career on Sept. 26 versus the Bears when he rushed the ball 17 times for 94 yards and added another 104 yards on six receptions.
Smith was an All-Pac 10 first-team all-star and team MVP as a senior at Oregon. In his two seasons at Oregon he rushed for 2,199 yards and 19 TDs on 419 carries, which ranked him seventh on the schoolâ€™s all-time rushing list at the time of his graduation. He played at the University of Tennessee prior to transferring to Oregon. He was a teammate of Bombersâ€™ quarterback Tee Martin and Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis while he was a member of the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers officially open training camp May 21 at Canad Inns Stadium