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Current system favors potential over hard work

...over the years. Will No. 3 pick Matt Ryan turn into a player in the mold of Peyton Manning, or will he be another Akili Smith, selected with the same pick in 1999? Will Darren McFadden be this year's Adrian Peterson, or will his career mirror...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/04/27/pro_196582.shtml
NFL
Johnson scores, but Hall wins

...STREAK ENDS: Atlanta's victory snapped Cincinnati's home winning streak against NFC opponents at eight games, dating from a loss to Tampa Bay in 2002. That game happened to be the last NFL start for former No. 3 draft pick, Akili Smith.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/30/pro_102505.shtml
NFL
Niners have added some intrigue to first choice

...There are concerns that Rodgers played for Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who has coached five quarterbacks - Trent Dilfer, Akili Smith, Kyle Boller, Joey Harrington and David Carr - who have been drafted in the first round, but none haven't emerged...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/04/17/pro_450589.shtml
NFL
First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things

...guy named Brett Favre in 1991. Leaf, of course, is not the only quarterback bust: Rick Mirer, Jim Druckenmiller, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, Dave Brown, Marinovich and McGwire are all long gone or at the end of some bench. Yes, drafting is...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/04/22/pro_413083.shtml
NFL
Overtime

...ranked 13th nationally and holds the school record at 5-11. NFL Bengals' Smith let go from Cincinnati Quarterback Akili Smith's four frustrating years with the Cincinnati Bengals ended Monday as new coach Marvin Lewis continued to remake the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/03/oth_377437.shtml
Other sports
The Bengals are on the clock. Do they want to be?

...round while Jon Kitna tries to help the Bengals approach .500. They already have been burned with a high-pick QB - Akili Smith, third overall in 1999. Even Smith acknowledges that. "It's been the worst script in the history of quarterbacks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/04/23/pro_370554.shtml
NFL
Times change for Spikes

...the Bengals have passed for 19 scores and been picked 44 times. Frerotte replaced Jon Kitna, who was signed because Akili Smith, the No. 3 overall draft pick in '99, bombed. Kitna and Smith were so bad that Cincinnati had the NFL's lowest-rated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/22/pro_354090.shtml
NFL
Falcons top Bengals

...darted 94 yards untouched for the Falcons' third touchdown. Kitna was 3-of-11 for 56 yards. No. 3 quarterback Akili Smith got a loud cheer when he took the field in the third quarter to mop up for the fourth straight game. The Bengals still...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/30/pro_355683.shtml
NFL
Vick, Frerotte need time in last preseason game

...Bengals turned their first three preseason games into a competition for the starting job. Third-string quarterback Akili Smith got the bulk of the series, even though Frerotte and Jon Kitna were competing for the starting job. Coach Dick LeBeau...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/29/pro_355558.shtml
NFL
Harrington's still a Heisman hopeful

...flattened by a linebacker on an option pass. In the summer of 1999, he lost a competition with A.J. Feeley to become Akili Smith's successor, but took over in the seventh game after an injured Feeley proved ineffective. Harrington's wildly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/12/04/col_323625.shtml
College