Smith 1st rookie from Florida to start — not Tebow

By Teresa M. Walker

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Nov. 25 2010 1:15 p.m. MST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rusty Smith showed up for work bright and early Monday morning, and the Tennessee quarterback hasn't left the building much since.

That's because the sixth-round draft pick from Florida Atlantic is about to become the first rookie quarterback from Jacksonville to start in the NFL, not Tim Tebow — who also went to the same big church back home as Smith.

Smith will start Sunday in Houston against the Texans (4-6) with Vince Young on injured reserve and needing surgery on his right thumb, and with veteran Kerry Collins recovering from a strained left calf.

Collins doesn't think anyone has to worry about the 6-foot-5, 226-pound Smith being prepared or ready to play.

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