October 28, 2021
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

DITR: Chauncey Smith

Chauncey Smith is a class of 2023 running back for McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smith is 5’10” and 170 lbs. Chauncey is a change of pace back who has the kind of work ethic and smarts that translates to the next level. Smith is a leader for McKinley’s football team and a leader in the community, juggling football, classes, a part-time job, and being a member of the Royal Court.

How long have you been playing football?

I have been playing since I was five. My grandmother first encouraged me to play, she was a good influence on me growing up.

Which position do you prefer, RB or SS?

I can play strong safety, I’m willing to be put wherever a coach needs me. But I prefer playing running back because it’s easier for me to see the field. I can see the hole open up and just shoot through it.

What did your off-season training regiment look like?

Other than working out with the team, I was running the levee and working out on my own trying to get my weight up and just get better in general.

Do you have any goals for the upcoming season?

I just want to make the team better in any way that I can. I want to show the other teams that we are not like past McKinley teams.

What kind of running back would you describe yourself as? Are you more of a power back or elusive?

I would say I am more elusive. I am better when I’m juking people but I’m not afraid to put my head down and run through the hole.

What is your favorite part about playing running back?

The trust that the team has in me. My lineman always take care of me so running behind them is something that makes my life easier.

What is your most memorable moment on the field?

I don’t really have one specific memory that comes to mind. But every time I break loose and see nothing but green grass in front of me, that is an amazing feeling.

How would your teammates describe you? 

I think they would describe me as a hard worker. Someone who is uplifting, but also gets on them because I care about them. I try to lead by example as best I can so the younger guys can see the kind of work they need to be putting in.

Do you have any role models who have inspired you? 

I remember my grandfather always told me to never look back, if you look back you’re gonna get caught. So I just keep that in mind every time I am on the field. I’m always running full speed ahead.

Why do you play football?

In this game you can hit a person as hard as you can and nothing happens. It is all part of the game. It is funny because if you were to do something that you can do on the football field in normal life, you would get arrested, but in football you are praised.

Do you think football has affected you as a person?

Football changed me as a person. Football kept me out of trouble and helped better my character. Coach Reed always pushes us to be better men, so having a coaching staff who is a positive influence is something that helps all of us every day.

Has football taught you any valuable lessons? 

Football is just a game, but it shows you more love than anybody else. Football is not going to turn it’s back on you. Football will always be there for you.

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