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Forte, Smith have taken similar paths to stardom

Updated: November 8, 2007, 11:55 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com

Back in July, Conference USA officials were scrambling to find a face for the league, a poster boy to plug their oft-overlooked product.

Four months later, they have a two-headed monster.

A league still lacking a dominant team is no longer starved for star power, especially at the running back position.

Tulane senior Matt Forte leads the nation in rushing yards (1,642) and rushing average (182.4). He's on pace to finish with the ...

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