A real tough blow for the Stanford Cardinal today, as head coach David Shaw confirmed running back E.J. Smith is out for the season.
Bad news for Stanford: David Shaw announces that RB E.J. Smith (Emmitt's son) is out for the season due to injury. Smith was the guy his teammates predicted this summer would be the breakout star of their team this season.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 27, 2022
The son of former Florida Gators standout and NFL Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith, E.J. had 30 carries for 206 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. He was considered the next star in a long line of Stanford running backs, with a big jump in workload expected after just 26 carries for 133 yards in seven appearances during the 2021 campaign
The Cardinal are 1-2, with losses to their only FBS opponents USC and Washington both by double digits. And this is another blow to a team that hasn’t finished over .500 in a full season since 2018. Stanford is 12-21 in their last three-plus seasons, and 9-17 in Pac-12 play. While due to the strict academic standards placed on admits, it’s considered one of the tougher places to have long-term success.
But for head coach David Shaw, who has won the Pac-12 three times during his 12-year tenure in Palo Alto, it’s another tough break for a program that is heading in the wrong direction in the win column as of late.