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NDSU junior cornerback stepping in

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - CJ Smith knows he's got some big shoes to fill in the NDSU secondary, but he says he's just the man for the job.

The junior cornerback has the task of trying to replace the school's all-time leader in interceptions in Marcus Williams.

But Smith brings a year's worth of starting experience into 2014, he played in every game last year and when Williams was out of the lineup, Smith became the kind of shutdown corner NDSU is looking for this season.

CJ Smith- NDSU Jr. Cornerback: “I'm just way more comfortable knowing what I got to do, can help a lot more people on the field, can help them on the field, can coach some of the young guys too, keep knowing in repetition. I know there's a lot of good wide receivers in the Valley I can think of some of my head that I can't wait to match up against and can't wait for Iowa State know they have great wide receivers too and I'm just excited for the challenge.”

Smith led the Valley in pass breakups with 15 last year to go along with his three picks.

NDSU announced today that the school has narrowed its search down to 7 candidates for the athletic director position, but will still be accepting applications, the list will further be pared down for on-site visits.