HUNTINGTON - The Marshall football team welcomed its second Penn State transfer Thursday, one that should bring another injection of speed to the offense.
Devon Smith, a 5-foot-7, 147-pound wideout, is immediately eligible and has two years to play one.
"He's a tremendous young guy," Head Coach Doc Holliday said. "He's a really talented guy. He's got great speed, one of the fastest kids in the country."
Smith, originally from White Plains, Md., was the 2009 Nike indoor national champion in the 60-meter dash, running it in 6.63 seconds. He also was a Maryland high school state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes for Westlake High.
When that speed will hit the playing field is up for discussion. With three seniors - Aaron Dobson, Andre Booker and Antavious Wilson - at wide receiver, Smith has the option to redshirt.
"There's a possibility," Holliday said. "He's got two to play one, so we'll see how it goes at this point. But he's a talented guy and we're glad he's on our side."
Smith, who practices sans shoulder pads and is wearing No. 33, left Penn State for personal reasons in June, said Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien. He was third on the team with 25 catches for 402 yards and two touchdowns in 2011 and was a projected starter in the spring.
Smith was arrested March 14 on misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. He applied for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, designed to keep first-time offenders from entering the criminal justice system. Holliday said Smith's legal issues have been cleared up.
Smith joined fellow Penn State transfer corner Derrick Thomas, who started practicing Aug. 9 and already has played significant time with the first-team defense.
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PUNTER TYLER Williams had another standout practice, nailing four straight 50-plus-yard punts.
"For the last three or four days, he's been extremely consistent and really good," Holliday said. "If he continues to do it, we'll be fine."