LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB)-The Louisville Cardinals got a nice surprise on offense in Saturday's win over Indiana State.

Fifth-year senior Jeremy Smith led the team in rushing with 56 yards on six carries.

He's a player the team did not expect to have this year. Smith told head coach Bobby Petrino that he planned on transferring during the off-season, but in the end was a late re-addition to the roster.

Smith cleared some of that up on Tuesday.

"I had a child in the off-season, a son, me and his mother had to square everything away, he's good," said Smith. "He's at the point where, she can kind of manage things on her own with the help of family, and now I can go out and do what I need to do with my life, and still have a relationship wit him."

The 6-2, 225 pound running back still has a ways to go to be in true game shape after rejoining the Cardinals in late August. But he sure added a spark last weekend.

“It felt great to be back out on the field,” Smith said. “It pumped up the team a little more. I thought people got up and were more into the game when I got into the game.”

Smith and the Cardinals host Western Kentucky on Saturday night at Cardinal Stadium.