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Smith Looks to Shore up Offensive Front

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The Owls of Florida Atlantic may not be a football power, but in 2017 they did claim the Conference USA title for the first time in school history. Much of the teams’ success that season was attributed to the Owls offensive line. One of the mainstays up front was Jokobi Smith, a 6’3,” 300 lb. guard from Miami, FL. After making an impact at FAU, Smith was off to continue his football career.

Smith was in NFL camps with Seattle and Cincinnati. A look from the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American football followed. Two weeks ago he was in camp with the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League. Now he’s a member of the Massachusetts Pirates.

Smith was a starter at FAU and appeared in 36 games. He said his offensive line there worked great together.

“We built a lot of chemistry so we know what each of us liked and didn’t like,” he said.

Now he joins a team that has dressed seven different offensive lineman as it heads into its third week of action, but Smith feels it won’t take long to adjust.

“I know some of the different O-lineman already from different camps. Like in Orlando I knew Brandon (Hodges) so we have a little bit of chemistry. I think I’ll fit right in. I really don’t like losing so I’m ready to kick some butt.”

Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim needed someone with Smith’s size and stature to fill some gaps on the offensive front.

"Due to different circumstances we had to get another lineman in here pretty quickly and Jakobi has stepped in and done a great job so far in practice. He's extremely strong and stout. From what we've seen so far in practice once he gets his hands on someone it's been difficult for them to really create any kind of separation. He's another plug and play guy for us and we look forward to have him step in and do a good job for us," Yatim said.

Smith credits his college coach, Lane Kiffin, as someone who helped his career.

“He’s a great coach, a great all around coach. He’s one of the best coaches I’ve been around. He just brought a lot to the table from Alabama. They have a lot of good players at Alabama so he just brought all that to us and transformed us.

The Pirates hope Smith and his new teammates on the offensive line can transform the team into a contender again this season.

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St. Worcester, MA. 01608. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email contact@masspiratesfootball.com or visit www.masspiratesfootball.com. Single game tickets are available online at ticketmaster.com or the DCU Center Box Office. For group outings please call 508-452-MASS (6277). Follow the Pirates on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAPirates on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as Twitter @mass_pirates

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