Midland's Austin Smith is the Quad-City Times All-Eastern Iowa captain after setting the single-season 8-player rushing record with 2,892 yards this season for the Eagles.



Smith enjoyed a strong season last year, rushing for over 1,200 yards and 27 touchdowns, but that paled in comparison to what the Eagles running back accomplished as a senior. With the Eagles dedicated to focusing on the run this season, Smith set the 8-player single-season rushing record with 2,892 yards and 47 touchdowns on the ground. More than just a running threat, Smith also completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns and caught 15 balls for 374 yards and six touchdowns, finishing with 58 total touchdowns. Smith finished his career with 5,920 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards and 102 total touchdowns. He earned 8-player first team all-state honors by the Iowa Newspaper Association.


The Eagles finished the regular season 7-2, clinching the 8-player District 4 title with a 52-20 win over Lone Tree. The Eagles averaged 56.4 points per game. Included in that was a 56-49 win over Iowa Valley — in which Smith threw for 124 yards and rushed for 371, starting a run of three straight games in which he had over 300 rushing yards. Midland returned to the UNI-Dome for the second straight year, falling 80-12 to eventual state champion Don Bosco in the semifinals. Smith scored all 12 points in the game. The Eagles finished their season at 9-3.

Season highlight

"The (district) championship game against Lone Tree. We all just went out there and had fun. Coming into that game Lone Tree thought they would beat us but we just went out there and killed them."

On his expanded role

"All year I tried to go out there and have fun, just see what I could do. It all starts with our linemen, we had the best linemen in state. Anybody that runs behind them will easily get 100 yards ... I just went out there and tried to set a good example for the younger kids ... our run game just killed everybody besides Don Bosco."

On breaking the state record

"It was a lot of fun. I try to keep away from looking at my stats but once in a while I had a glance to see where I was at. It's a great honor. It didn't set in until after the season, I didn't realize I actually did that, but it's a great honor. Probably in a month, it will really sink in what I did."

What will he miss?

"Just being there with all my friends, going out there and making memories, that's what I'll miss. Playing out there, in front of that crowd, listening to them, it means a lot to me."

Future plans

Smith is undecided about what's next for him. He's a key part of the Eagles baseball team, hitting .424 with 12 doubles and 22 RBIs last summer and is hesitant about giving that up to play football.

He said he's talked to the coaches at Loras College in Dubuque. He is starting to garner interest from other coaches but hasn't decided whether to play football, baseball or both at the next level.

"I'm not really sure yet. I have to think about it right now. I'd like to play both sports but I don't know."

— Bobby Metcalf


Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times