Not your ordinary Joe

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Finding a scouting report on the new B.C. Lions running back is a bit tough.

Just ask Calgary linebacker Scott Coe.

"I tried to Google him but there seems to be a lot of Joe Smiths out there," said the Calgary Stampeders linebacker, who could only read the bio provided by the Lions.

"He's a big kid ... but I haven't seen a whole lot of other information on him."

It seems no one was thinking much about Smith yesterday when the Lions arrived at McMahon. They were more worried about the man he is replacing in the starting lineup.

Smith, a 26-year-old Louisiana Tech product, takes over for veteran tailback Antonio Warren -- a healthy scratch -- when the Lions kickoff against the Stamps at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN, subject to local blackout).

Warren has struggled all season running behind a revamped offensive line but hit rock bottom last week when he didn't touch the ball.

The former Stampeders back wasn't able to pick up the blitz, leaving quarterback Dave Dickenson open for some hard licks from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

So Coe and the Stamps defence expect Smith to at least be more efficient blocking and a competent runner when he gets handed the pigskin.

"Everybody is throwing No. 34 under the bus because of the hit on Dave last week," Coe said about Warren.

"Smith may be a better blocker but we're going to approach it like any other player. Obviously, Wally (Buono, Lions head coach) is trying to change stuff up.

"We're still trying to prepare like Smith is a great running back like Antonio Warren."

It would seem Smith is a much different player than Warren. For starters, he's bigger, coming in at 225 lb. and a touch over 6 ft. 1 in., compared with Warren, who is generously listed at 5 ft. 10 in.

Smith has two years of pro experience, spending the 2003 season with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the following season with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe.

He set an NFL Europe record with six straight 100-yard games.

"My game is basically straightforward running. I'm not an east-west guy, I'm more north-south," said Smith, when asked about his own scouting report.

Smith looks more like a CFL fullback than a running back, which likely makes him ideal to provide some blocking for Dickenson.

"They actually told me I needed to lose a little bit of weight before I came here. I was running around 237 so I had to come down on that," said Smith.


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