Ihmir Smith-Marsette (pronounced AH-meer Smith MAR-set) translated his all-purpose flair at Weequahic High School in New Jersey into similar production with the Hawkeyes. As a true freshman, he started in three of the 12 games he played (missing the Pinstripe Bowl due to an injury), contributing as a receiver (18-187-10.4, two TDs), runner (7-41-5.9) and kick returner (4-134-33.5). In Year 2, he was the Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year and his team's Special Teams Most Valuable Player, filling up the stat sheet even more (24-707-29.5 on kick returns; 23-361-15.7, three TDs receiving; 9-71-7.9 rushing). Prior to the 2019 campaign, Smith-Marsette actually promised that he would return a kickoff for a touchdown -- and made good with one in the regular-season finale, then added another in the team's bowl game. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten pick after leading his squad in receiving yards and scores (44-722-16.4, five TDs), while continuing to contribute as a runner (11-108-9.8, two TDs) and kick returner (17-503-29.6). This past season, Smith-Marsette nabbed honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades for his work as a receiver (25-345-13.8, four TDs receiving; 7-54-7.7, one TD rushing) and kick returner (8-176-22.0). However, he was suspended for one game after an arrest for operating a vehicle while under the influence. And he also injured himself flipping himself into the end zone on a touchdown in the team's win over Wisconsin. -- by Chad Reuter
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